Picea pungens 'Baby Blue Eyes'
20 to 30 ft.
10 to 15 ft.
species in native to central and southern Rocky Mountains
USDA zones 2-7
hardy to 10,000 ft.
Baby blue eyes spruce is a cultivar of Colorado Spruce selected for its smaller size and bright blue needles. It grows about 3-6 inches per year, reaching about one third the size of a normal Colorado Spruce.
The branches are horizontal but the tree's overall shape is very pyramidal. Its blue color makes is a beautiful, easy-care tree, if given enough moisture.
There is one specimen of baby blue eyes spruce growing at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. It an attractive tree. It can be a good choice where a medium-sized evergreen is desired, but requires regular moisture.
No maintenance required under normal conditions. New growth and young plants are susceptible to deer browsing, so protecting them when young can be important in areas with heavy deer traffic.