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PlantFiles: Colorado Spruce, Blue Spruce
Picea pungens 'Hoopsii'

Family: Pinaceae (py-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Picea (PY-see-uh) (Info)
Species: pungens (PUN-gens) (Info)
Cultivar: Hoopsii
Hybridized by Grootendorst; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1958

Synonym:Picea pungens var. glauca

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USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

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Bloom Time:


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive grampapa On May 19, 2007, grampapa from Wheatfield, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have 2 of these Colorado blue spruce growing side by side. They were purchased thru my landscaper at 6'. One of them is very blue, particularly in the spring when it is putting on new growth. The other is much greener in color, but produces quite a few cones, which the blue one has not. From what I have read, there is no guarantee of blue color when grown from seed, even if the seed if from a blue parent. I refer to them as the 'blue twin' and the 'green twin'. Very nice trees in my zone 6a in an area with brutal winter wind.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
North Tonawanda, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Bainbridge Island, Washington

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