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PICEA pungens 'Procumbens'

Image of Picea pungens 'Procumbens' (Glauca Group)

James H. Schutte

Family

Pinaceae

Botanical Name

PICEA pungens 'Procumbens'( Glauca Group)

Plant Common Name

Prostrate Colorado Blue Spruce, Spreading Blue Spruce

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    2 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10"-16" / 25.4cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    7'-10' / 2.1m - 3.0m

  • Native To

    Western United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green, Dark Green, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Dark Green, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Dark Green, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green, Dark Green, Steel Blue

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Groundcover, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No