Botanical Name: Picea pungens 'Baby Blue Eyes'
Common Name: Baby Blue Eyes Blue Spruce  
Plant photo of: Picea pungens 'Baby Blue Eyes'
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Conifer


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Blue Green


Bark Color

Brown, Grey


Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Medium, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Formal, Japanese, Ranch, Woodland


Accenting Features

Specimen, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Foundation, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Screen, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Don Syrek
  • Description

  • Notes

This Colorado spruce cultivar tends to be shorter than the species, growing about 6 to 8 inches per year once established, averaging 10 to 15 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide after 20 years. It has blue needles and a dense branching habit. Useful as an accent in the shrub border.
Grow in full sun in clay-loamy to sandy-loamy, well drained soil. At higher elevations, spruces are more heat and drought tolerant; in the valley, it will grow more vigorously and be less prone to disease and insect problems if it receives regular watering (though don't over-water, either).