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    These spruce tree need regular watering. They are not drought tolerant and if you want them to look good they will need evergeen fertilizer at least once per month.

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    hoops blue spruce Hoop's blue spruce (Picea pungens 'Hoopsii') - This spruce tree does well in the desert southwest. Most folks think it won't but with a little more care and water it will do great. This tree is a bright blue and more so with new growth. Pyramidal form that holds stiff horizontal branches with dense silvery-blue mature needles. Full sun. Fast-growing to 30 to 50 feet high, 10 to 20 feet wide.

    It is not drought tolerant so it does reguire regular watering especially during the hot summer southwestern months for extensive root system growth. Howerver watering can be reduced after establishment usually 2-3 years down the road. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
    USDA Zones 6-9





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    colorado blue spruce Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens 'Glauca') - Another good spruce tree that will do great in the southwest. This Evergreen conifer and has a symmetrical, pyramidal form. Blue grey pine needles. Moderate grower to 40 to 60 feet high, 10 to 20 feet wide. It can take full sun and is an excellent pine for that forest look.

    This tree is not drought tolerant so it does reguire regular watering especially during the hot summer southwestern months for extensive root system growth. However watering can be reduced after establishment usually 2-3 years down the road. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
    USDA Zones 6-9







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    elberta blue spruce Alberta Spruce (Picea glauca 'Conica') - Another good spruce tree that will do great in the southwest. This Evergreen conifer and has a symmetrical, pyramidal look. Green to lime green pine needles. Slow grower. It can take full sun and is an excellent pine for that pine forest garden look.

    Excellent as a tub plant or miniature Christmas tree. In the Southwest this confier needs shade...Underneath a larger shade tree will work great. It looks good in a formal type of garden setting. Partial sun only. It will only grow to about 6 feet to 8 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide; larger with age. Can be used as an indoor Christmas Tree then planted outside after the Holidays. Cone shaped dwarf conifer displaying dense dark green needles.
    Excellent as a tub plant or miniature Christmas tree. NOT a drought tolerant tree.
    USDA Zones 6-9





    Color Your World Nurseries located in Las Cruces, NM will usually have this type of spruce tree in stock. Ask your friendly retail nursery for such a tree.

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