Picea pungens glauca 'St. Mary's Broom'
St. Mary's Broom Blue Spruce
- 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
- Rock Garden
- Full Sun
- Bushy - Rounded
- Sandy loam, or clay
- Moist, Well-Drained
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.
Sarah with St. Mary's Broom in the landscape at OPN.