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James H. Schutte
PICEA pungens 'Procumbens'( Glauca Group)
Prostrate Colorado Blue Spruce, Spreading Blue Spruce
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Low and weeping, the groundcover Colorado blue spruce is a shrub-sized evergreen conifer native to the southern Rocky Mountains in the western United States. The pungent needles are silvery blue held on sprawling branches; the innermost or oldest needles are dark green. Grasp the needles and you'll be unpleasantly prickled. The mature form of 'Procumbens' is an spreading mass of branches. It is a slow-growing plant and normally allowed to sprawl as a billowy groundcover.
The groundcover Colorado blue spruce grows its finest in full sun and well-drained fertile soil. A moist fertile soil is ideal, but it can withstand many stresses, including drought, pollution, salt and wind. Use it as a specimen in a large rockery, foundation bed or mixed shrub border. Its foliage and form is perhaps best when draping around rocks on a steep incline or in a large planter box or atop a retaining wall.
7 - 1
2 - 8
A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
Needled or Scaled Evergreen
Full Sun, Partial Sun
10"-16" / 25.4cm - 40.6cm
7'-10' / 2.1m - 3.0m
Western United States
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Blue Green, Dark Green, Steel Blue
Gray Green, Dark Green, Steel Blue
Feature Plant, Groundcover, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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