Baby Blue Spruce
Picea pungens ‘Baby Blue’
The Baby Blue spruce (Picea pungens ‘Baby Blue’) is the ideal specimen tree for those cooler areas. If you want that classic silvery-blue foliage without the height, the Baby Blue is an excellent option. This tree is the perfect miniature spruce that can fit into small lawns, garden beds, or property corners. For those spaces that need a great tree with color and character, choose the Baby Blue spruce.
Baby Blue Spruce Attributes
The Baby Blue spruce reaches a height of 15 to 20 feet, and it usually spreads out to 10 feet. If you allow this spruce to grow naturally, it develops into a pyramid shape. The Baby Blue spruce’s branches are horizontal and reach down to the ground. Thick silvery-blue needles cover the branches, and many of these stiff needles measure up to 1 inch. While the Baby Blue spruce does not flower, it produces cones in the late summer and early fall. The cones of mature trees are often gray-brown in color. However, younger trees feature red arils at the tips of the branches.
Plant Type: Tree
Watering Needs: Water weekly
Botanical Pronunciation: PY-see-a PUN-jenz
Growth rate: Slow
Average landscape size: 15 to 30 ft tall, 15ft wide
Special features: Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, North American Native Selection, Waterwise
Foliage color: Silver-blue
Blooms: Conifer, prized for foliage
Flower color: N/A
Flower attributes: N/A
Garden style: Contemporary, Rustic
Design Ideas: Privacy Screen, Specimen, Woodland Garden
Companion Plants: Starry Solomon’s Plume, Bellwort, Mayapple
Baby Blue Spruce Landscape Uses
If you want a great hedge, a few of these Baby Blue spruces will fill in those spaces. This tree’s denseness helps reduce the impact of wind gusts as it protects delicate plants. These small spruces also act as a visual screen for privacy borders or marking off boundaries. Along with the extra privacy, you cannot beat the crisp appearance and cool color of these Baby Blue spruces.
This Baby Blue spruce is a dense evergreen that features a distinctive pyramidal form. It does have average texture, but you can balance out the landscape with finer shrubs for a contrasted look. With their beautiful silvery-blue appearance, these trees allow you to use them as focal points in your yard. The color can break up those areas with solid green plants or trees. You might want to plant the Baby Blue spruce near an entryway or a walkway as an accent plant. The rigid appearance gives any space a more formal look. Since it does grow tall, this is not the ideal tree to plant under power lines.
If you want that perfect outdoor Christmas tree, this spruce has the rich foliage and a classic shape to make your holiday decorating dreams come true. You might want to add some outdoor lights to transform it into a seasonal delight. With its small size, this spruce is a great way to boost your yard’s look without taking up too much space.
Baby Blue Spruce Planting and Care
The Baby Blue spruce is a robust tree that can be successfully grown in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 7. With the right care, you can expect this tree to live for 80 years. If you want to plant this spruce in your landscape, choose an area with slightly acidic soil. However, it is adaptable to moist and dry growing conditions. Wherever you plant the Baby Blue spruce, it will not tolerate any standing water. Your tree should only be grown in full sunlight. The bright sunlight allows the colors to develop in the needles. You should also avoid areas with high humidity or reflected sunlight. Once it has matured, the Baby Blue spruce is a drought-tolerant tree. For those reasons, it is the perfect choice for xeriscapes and moisture-conserving landscapes. This spruce can even thrive in city spaces with urban pollution.
Once the Baby Blue spruce establishes in your yard, it does not require much maintenance from you. If you keep the soil moist for its first few years, it will develop into a healthy spruce. You usually don’t have to worry about problems with pests or diseases. However, you should look out for canker, rust, and needle cast. If the needles turn brown, you need to seek help for your spruce. Pruning is unnecessary, but you may want to trim back the new growth during the current season. A simple pruning can help to remove any dead branches.
Add the Baby Blue Spruce To Your Landscape
Picea pungens 'Baby Blue'
If you want to enjoy the beauty of a spruce, then make sure to order the Baby Blue. This evergreen features stiff needles with a silvery-blue hue. These trees are the perfect choice for windbreaks, accent pieces, or formal landscapes. Arbor Valley nursery is happy to bring this spruce to you. Please take a few minutes to fill out the contact form. Our team will help you find the perfect element for your next outdoor project.