Blue spruce in Florida?

rvird01June 22, 2014

So, I know I'm flirting with disaster, but when in Ohio this weekend I picked up 2 cute little blue spruce trees for $7 a piece. I want to try to grow them in my zone 9a Florida yard in the shade of the longleaf pines. I know I'll have to baby them and hope we have some cooler weather this winter like we did last winter. Has anyone had success growing them in Florida? Thanks!

Rhonda

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
salicaceae(z8b FL)

It will struggle and grow very slowly at best. I know of none larger than a couple of feet tall. Plant a blue cultivar of Cunninghamia lanceolata instead.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2014 at 10:32PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
saccharum(z9 FL)

Agreed, it's a lost cause. Many have tried.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2014 at 11:07PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
hairmetal4ever(Z7 MD)

Even in Ohio where you bought them, they languish after about 40 years due to heat/humidity (esp. the humidity, IIRC).

I agree - the Cunninghamia is the best "blue" conifer for FL. You might also have some luck with one of the bluer Cedrus deodara cultivars, and maybe C. atlantica.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 10:00AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rvird01

Thanks all. That's what I thought but I'll plant them and enjoy them while they last :(

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 10:58AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
alabamatreehugger(8)

Arizona Cypress is a worthwhile try in a Florida if you like that blue look.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 5:45PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mosquitogang201

Good luck. I'm in Georgia. My neighbor got one for free over the winter which he decided to plant. It's brown now.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 8:14PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Tree Planted Too Deep - Too Late To Raise
Hi all, I've been searching for some guidance on this...
damonb10
White spruce - one side of bark decaying
This tree still looks healthy all the way up, it's...
qwertyjjj
Please help me identify this tree???
I have searched everywhere and can NOT find the name...
Terry Whitehead
Number 4 thread of Most successful try @ LIve oak in Pa
Okay, this is the newest thread about the Live Oak...
poaky1
Green-limbed Tree?
What kind of tree is this with the green trunk &...
blakrab Centex
Sponsored Products
Twin Coverlet - BLUE
$205.00 | Horchow
Van Teal Free Wheeling Wheels of Style Brilliant Silver Six-Light Pendant Light
LuxeDecor
Stencil Dining Side Chair in Blue
$129.00 | LexMod
Anna G. Corkscrew by Alessi
$67.00 | Lumens
Oggetti | Magica Acorn Pendant Light
$694.00 | YLighting
Nuevo Living William Glass Pendant Lamp in Blue
ModernistLighting.com
Great Falls - Satin Light Gray Shade Ovo Table Lamp
Lamps Plus
Modern Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Loloi Rugs Rugs Fairfield Life Style Collection
Home Depot
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™