The Weeping Blue Spruce is a spectacular and unique specimen tree that is also tough and very cold hardy. This evergreen tree has brilliant silver-blue needles that are attractive all year round. It forms a striking specimen, because the branches cascade downwards, from a central trunk, and it becomes an upright but weeping tree, with a fascinating, irregular form. It brings a strong individualism to your garden, since each tree grows in its own unique way. It is resistant to pests, diseases, air pollution, deer, rabbits and other problems, so it will grow well in the city or in rural areas. It is unique and dramatic in form, while easy to grow. If you want something special as an eye-catching feature in your garden, the Weeping Blue Spruce is the best and easiest way to have it.
- Dramatic irregular weeping small evergreen tree
- Beautiful silver-blue foliage stand out all year round
- Easily grown to form a unique and striking specimen
- Hardy to minus 50 and thrives in difficult, exposed areas
- Grows well in sun or partial shade in any soil
Plant your Weeping Blue Spruce in full sun or partial shade. It will grow in most soils, and once established it is drought resistant. No winter protection is needed for this tree, which is hardy to minus 50 degrees. To maintain its upright form, with cascading branches, to any height you wish, attach it to a strong stake of a suitable height. No special trimming is needed for your tree to develop a spectacular weeping and cascading habit, it will do it naturally, so this is an easy care tree that you will love in your garden.
When we think of Blue Spruces, we usually think of tall, majestic upright trees, with horizontal branches, covered in beautiful silvery-blue stiff needles. They make the perfect tree for a lawn. However, over the years, enterprising gardeners have developed many different forms, and one of the most dramatic and different is the Weeping Blue Spruce. In this tree, the branches cascade downwards, but still with a central trunk, creating a striking specimen for your garden, with a unique, rugged appearance. This is a beautiful evergreen addition to any garden, bringing all year round interest and color with almost no effort.
Your tree will arrive already attached to a stake to develop an upright, central trunk. The branches cascade downwards, twisting and turning in a dramatic fashion, and with no additional work it will develop into a semi-upright cascading plant, eventually also spilling across the ground at the base, like a broad skirt.
Alternatively, you can put a strong stake in the ground – as tall as you wish – and tie up the tree, to maintain a central upright stem, with branches hanging down in a curtain. With a good strong stake, you can create a pendulous tree 10 feet tall, or even more. This creates a very dramatic effect and an eye-catching feature in any garden.
Growing Weeping Blue Spruce Trees
This tree has short branches about 12 inches long, growing from long stems in a tumble of shoots. The stiff needles stick out all around the branches, and they are a dramatic silver blue color. Older trees may eventually produce cones as well, adding another decorative feature. As it spreads upwards and outwards, there is no final limit to its growth, just age, but you can easily trim it if it needs controlling. With its rugged look, it is especially beautiful growing among rocks and boulders, or on a gravel slope, but it also grows well in ordinary garden beds. You can even grow it in a large pot or planter, making a dramatic feature on a terrace or patio.
Planting and Initial Care
Your Weeping Blue Spruce will grow in full sun or partial shade, in all areas, from very cold to hot. It will grow in almost any soil, from sand to clay, and does best in well-drained soil. During the first year or two, you should water your tree well until it is established, but after that, it is drought resistant and will need almost no attention to reward you with its spectacular and fascinating patterns of growth. It is free of serious pests and diseases, and it is even deer-proof.
History and Origins of the Weeping Blue Spruce
The Blue Spruce (Picea pungens) is also called the Colorado Spruce. It grows in the Rocky Mountains, from Montana to New Mexico, often at high altitudes, so it is hardy down to minus 50 degrees. Growing in such a harsh environment has made it a tough, hardy tree, which will tolerate drought and is resistant to pests, diseases and particularly to deer, which hate its sharp needles. The wild tree can grow to 100 feet, but there are many smaller garden forms, that make great garden specimens, such as the Globe Blue Spruce, which makes a dense sphere of rich silver blue branches.
Gardeners found that if they took side branches of the tree, which already grow in a horizontal or weeping fashion, and joined them to the roots of seedling trees, they kept their weeping or pendulous manner of growth. Different gardeners gave different names to these forms, but they are all similar. How blue they are depends on how blue the parent tree was, and this too varies from tree to tree. The form known as ‘Glauca Pendula’ is perhaps the very best, because the parent tree was an intense silver-blue color, and the branch taken developed into a weeping form, but still with an upright central trunk, so the tree grows upwards, but the branches hang almost vertically, while twisting into dramatic forms.