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Creeping Blue Spruce

Picea pungens 'Glauca Prostrata'

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Creeping Blue Spruce (Picea pungens 'Glauca Prostrata') at Kushner's Garden & Patio

Creeping Blue Spruce

Creeping Blue Spruce

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Height:  24 inches

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Other Names:  Glauca Procumbens


A spreading and trailing shrub, very unlike the species; features dusty blue pointy needles, tends to crawl along the ground and over rocks or walls; durable and hardy, an excellent choice for detail use in the garden

Ornamental Features

Creeping Blue Spruce is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the garden for its broadly spreading habit of growth. It has attractive blue evergreen foliage which emerges silvery blue in spring. The needles are highly ornamental and remain blue throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Creeping Blue Spruce is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. 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.

Creeping Blue Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Creeping Blue Spruce will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. 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 a low-water garden or xeriscape application. 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
Garden  Groundcover 
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features