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Picea pungens glauca 'St. Mary's Broom'

St. Mary's Broom Blue Spruce

Plant Features:


Category: Evergreen

  • Very slow grower at only 1-3" per year.
  • Needles are long and widely spaced.
  • Foliage is aqua blue when new growth emerges.

Height: 2 ft


Spread: 3 ft


Hardiness Zone: 2


Attributes:

  • Rock Garden

Exposure:

  • Full Sun

Foliage Color:

  • Blue

Habit:

  • Mounding
  • Bushy - Rounded

Soil Moisture:

  • Sandy loam, or clay
  • Moist, Well-Drained

Comments:

Ideal rock garden specimen due to it's slow growth.  Can also be used in containers or near the house for a small border.  This evergreen is very hardy and the foliage will provide an unusual color mixed with spring and summer annuals.  "Saint Mary" was discovered as a witches-broom at the Saint Mary's Convent in New Jersey where it still resides.  This evergreen is still considered a rarity in the nursery trade. 

Grower Note:  If this variety is grown in the ground for the B&B trade, St. Mary has a tendency to be "floppy" in the ball when dug.

St. Mary's Broom in the landscape.

St. Mary's Broom in the landscape.

Sarah with St. Mary's Broom in the landscape at OPN.

Sarah with St. Mary's Broom in the landscape at OPN.