Picea pungens ‘The Blues’


Picea pungens ‘The Blues’, is a strongly weeping selection of Colorado spruce with drooping branches and branchlets. This cultivar originated in 1982 as a side sport on Picea pungens ‘Glauca Pendula’ found by Larry Stanley of Stanley & Sons Nursery, Boring Oregon. It is similar in form to the weeping Norway spruce with larger, bright-blue needles and is prized for its striking form in landscape settings. As with most weeping conifer forms, ‘The Blues’ has to be staked to the desired height and then allowed to ramble. It will eventually becoming horizontal with all branches cascading downward. A relatively fast-growing plant, ‘The Blues’ will increase at a rate of about 30 cm at the terminal leader every year. It will reach heights of 1.8 to 2 metres tall in 10 years with a spread of 1.2 metres.

With no two plants alike, the strongly weeping branches and irregularly spreading and drooping top create a unique, bright silver-blue specimen. A striking focal point when combined with complementing deep yellows, pinks and greens.

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