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PICEA pungens 'Thomsen'
Blue Spruce, Thomsen Blue Spruce
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Often regarded as one of the best cultivars, Thomsen blue spruce is a medium-sized pyramidal evergreen conifer native to the southern Rocky Mountains in the western United States; it was selected in 1928. The pungent needles are bright steel blue (to almost white-blue) and are thick, creating a very picturesque texture. Grasp these thick needles and you'll be unpleasantly prickled. The mature form is a handsome pyramid, but with a neat stature. It is a slow-growing plant.
The desirable Thomsen 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 lawn, or as a tall screen or windbreak.
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
30'-80' / 9.1m - 24.4m (60)
10'-30' / 3.0m - 9.1m (20)
Western United States
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Steel Blue, Gray
Green, Steel Blue, Gray
Feature Plant, Screening / Wind Break
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