Globosa blue spruce (Picea pungens ‘Globosa’) provides a pop of color in a green, green, green landscape. Contrast is important in landscape design. Globosa blue spruce is a cultivar of Colorado blue spruce, so it has that characteristic bright blue with greenish blue undertones. Where it varies from the parent is size and shape.
As the name implies, Globosa blue spruce is round. You know, like a globe. Botanical names actually make a lot of sense once you start paying even a little attention. In nurseries we tend to see them in #10 pots or smaller, which makes it one of those dreaded “tiger cub plants”.
I call them tiger cub plants because in the garden center, it’s like when you see a tiger cub at the zoo. It’s soooooo freaking cute and you want to take it home and love it, and it’ll stay perfect and adorable forever!
Except, just like a tiger cub, it won’t. Globosa blue spruce won’t eat your dog (and/or the mailman) but it will grow to a not insignificant 3 to 5 ft tall and 4 to 6 feet wide. It’s super important to keep this in mind when planting, because there’s a limit to how much you can reduce a Globosa blue spruce’s size. It will look horrible if you shear it, and even aggressive hand pruning can easily go too far. We offer landscape maintenance services but even us pros can’t save a Globosa blue spruce that was planted in the wrong place.
Don’t be scared, though! With some proper planning and a little care, Globosa blue spruce can help your landscape look its best.