Byland's Blue Dwarf Colorado Spruce
Picea pungens 'ByJohn'
Byland's Blue Dwarf Colorado Spruce foliage
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 3 feet
Spread: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: 2a
Other Names: Blue Colorado Spruce;Colorado Blue Spruce
A very compact variety with a tendency to remain globe shaped makes this dwarf spruce an ideal accent plant for borders and edges; this perfect small form of the Colorodo Blue Spruce requires little care to maintain its tidy form
Byland's Blue Dwarf Colorado Spruce has attractive steel blue foliage. The needles are highly ornamental and remain steel blue throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Byland's Blue Dwarf Colorado Spruce is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded 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.
Byland's Blue Dwarf Colorado Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Byland's Blue Dwarf Colorado Spruce will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 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 40 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.