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Picea pungens - 'Koster' (Colerado Blue Spruce, Picea)

Type Tree, Conifer, Evergreen
Form Conical-Shaped Tree, Architectural Form
Size Medium Sized Tree (3 to 8m height)
Colours Blue Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy, Drought Tolerant
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Picea pungens - Cultivation Notes

Spruce will tolerate any soil other than the very chalky soil or overly moist / wet. They require a spot in full but prefer the company of other trees being well suited to woodland / mixed planting. Most of these evergreen conifers will grow quickly so allow plenty of space and plant away from the house.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Picea pungens:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Picea pungens

  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers
  • Does not tolerate very dry or very wet soils

Design & Plant Use for Picea pungens:

  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Conifer with outstanding foliage colour for winter interest

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