High Desert Plant Finder & Guide
Waldbrunn Blue Spruce
Picea pungens 'Waldbrunn'
Waldbrunn Blue Spruce foliage
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 24 inches
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 3
Other Names: Blue Colorado Spruce;Colorado Blue Spruce
An interesting miniature evergreen conifer with a flat bun-like shape, needles mature to a lovely gray-blue; makes a wonderful, low maintenance garden groundcover or border accent, can be trained to grow upright
Waldbrunn Blue Spruce has attractive powder blue foliage which emerges silver in spring. The needles are highly ornamental and remain powder blue throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Waldbrunn Blue Spruce is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. 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.
Waldbrunn Blue Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Waldbrunn Blue Spruce will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 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 a low-water garden or xeriscape application. 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.
Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.