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