May 30 2018
know your plants Montgomery Spruce

Montgomery Blue Spruce

The Montgomery blue spruce is almost identical visually to the globe blue spruce, with ‘Montgomery’ replacing ‘Globosa’ at the end of the scientific name, Picea pungens. The blue spruce’s natural habitat is in the Rocky Mountains, where it can grow to towering heights exceeding 150 feet! These trees are kept under about 60 feet in cultivation, and as a slow-growing dwarf shrub, Montgomery blue spruce does not usually exceed 4 feet tall. In comparison, the globe blue spruce can grow up to 5 feet tall.

Montgomery blue spruce loves southern climates, and while New Jersey is not considered the South, much of the year is similar enough in temperature to make Montgomery blue spruce a viable option for homeowners in the Garden State. It prefers partial to full sun, weekly watering and slightly acidic, well-drained soil.

Did You Know?
Montgomery blue is somewhat drought-tolerant, and does not require pruning – a very low-maintenance spruce!

Other Fun Facts About Montgomery Spruce

  • Blue spruce trees are referred to as “conifers” because of their cones and needlelike leaves.
  • Blue spruce can withstand temperatures down to 40 degrees Fahrenheit and elevations up to 10,000 feet.
  • Montgomery blue spruce is ideal for borders, rock gardens, or as an accent.