While more tolerant of heat & drought than other spruces, it still dislikes heat and humidity. Many blue spruce cultivars are available including some shrubs.
f. glauca (also known as var. glauca) – natural variants, bluish foliage.
‘Compacta’ – dwarf, 10 feet, flat-topped with low horizontal branches
‘Fat Albert’ – bright blue-needles, short, squat pyramidal, 15′ tall.
‘Glauca Pendula’ ( ‘Glauca Procumbens’, ‘Glauca Prostrata’)- groundcovers.
‘Hoopsii’ – strongest blue color, neat, upright tree.
‘Iseli Fastigiata’ – upright, narrow, strong blue foliage.
‘Iseli Foxtail’ – The needles at the tips of new branches are much shorter than those at the base, open tree, better heat tolerance
‘Mission’ – 10-15 feet, wide pyramid
‘Moerheim’ – 30′ tall, good blue foliage color, often irregular young
‘Montgomery’ – conical, silvery-blue needles
‘Pendula’ – With training, upright tree with cascading growth or prostrate as a groundcover.
‘Thompsenii’ – similar to ‘Hoopsii’, bright blue needles, pyramidal
Blue Spruce – USDA Plant Fact Sheet
Blue Spruce – Missouri Botanical Garden
Blue Spruce – University of Connecticut Plant Database
Blue Spruce – North Carolina State Extension
Blue Spruce – Colorado State Forest Service
Recommended for Wildlife by
Gardening for the Birds by George Adams
The Audubon Backyard Bird Watcher by Burton & Kress
Attracting Wildlife – HGIC
Songbirds – FS613
Twelve Ways to Design a Bird-friendly Garden – Brooklyn Botanical Garden
Landscaping to Attract Birds – Baltimore Bird Club
Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States by Dove & Woolridge