Picea Pungens

Picea Pungens

Tends to lose its needles when it doesn’t get enough sun. Prefers cooler climates, given that its natural habitat is at elevations of 6000 to 11000 feet, so loves it here on the coast. It forms a nice pyramid shape, although it is beginning to lose some of its lower branches on the shaded side, making it somewhat lopsided.

It has stiff blue-green needles that radiate out from the branches. Cones hang downwards

We have long lost the label that came with this and it may have been a dwarf form, or var. glauca. It was our living Christmas tree for 2015 – right after we moved in.


Pronunciation: PY-see-uh PUN-gens

Species Meaning: Sharply pointed, spiny

Picea Pungens is native to the central Rocky Mountains of North America..

Cultivation Notes

Needs consistent moisture until it becomes established, after that it can tolerate some drought.

Additional Information

Living Christmas Tree 2015

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P15001

Found in Cutting Garden,

While this is certainly not for cutting, it was planted in the location long before it was a cutting garden. It is right in the middle.

We acquired this plant from Farmington Gardens.

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Family: Pinaceae

Genus: Picea

Species: Pungens

Commonly known as: Colorado Blue Spruce

Height: >15ft

Spread: >10ft

Growth Habit:
Sun Needs:
Full Sun
Soil Type:
Average Soil
Zn 0 to 6 - too cold for me!

Resistant to Deer and Rabbit.

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