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Ice Floe Weeping Blue Spruce*

Picea pungens 'Ice Floe'

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Ice Floe Weeping Blue Spruce (Picea pungens 'Ice Floe') at Maidstone Tree Farm

Ice Floe Weeping Blue Spruce

Ice Floe Weeping Blue Spruce

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  12 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2b

Other Names:  Blue Colorado Spruce;Colorado Blue Spruce

Description:

A weeping and trailing spire-like tree, with dusty blue pointy needles held on sharply pendulous branches, almost skirted in appearance; will maintain a central leader; durable and very hardy, a truly outstanding accent tree

Ornamental Features

Ice Floe Weeping Blue Spruce has attractive silvery blue foliage. The needles are highly ornamental and remain silvery blue throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Ice Floe Weeping Blue Spruce is a dense spreading evergreen shrub with a rounded form and gracefully weeping branches. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Ice Floe Weeping Blue Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Ice Floe Weeping Blue Spruce will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Ice Floe Weeping Blue Spruce makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Articulation  Garden  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
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