Spring Ghost Blue Spruce

Picea pungens 'Spring Ghost'

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Spring Ghost Blue Spruce (Picea pungens 'Spring Ghost') at Millcreek Gardens

Spring Ghost Blue Spruce foliage

Spring Ghost Blue Spruce foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Spring Ghost Blue Spruce (Picea pungens 'Spring Ghost') at Millcreek Gardens

Spring Ghost Blue Spruce

Spring Ghost Blue Spruce

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  40 feet

Spread:  18 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Blue Colorado Spruce;Colorado Blue Spruce


Here's the kind of tree that when you see it, you immediately want it; the creamy-buttery new growth juxtaposes so very well against the grayish-green foliage in spring on this tall, spire-like evergreen; sure to create a little envy among the neighbors

Ornamental Features

Spring Ghost Blue Spruce has attractive grayish green foliage which emerges buttery yellow in spring. The needles are highly ornamental and remain grayish green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The rough gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Spring Ghost Blue Spruce is an evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree. 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.

Spring Ghost Blue Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Spring Ghost Blue Spruce will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 feet. It has a low canopy, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree 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.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Articulation 
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features