Do blue spruce trees grow in South Carolina? We have a small blue spruce in a pot in Michigan and would like to move it to the Hilton Head area (South Carolina).
The Colorado spruce (Picea pungens) is native to the southwestern United States from Wyoming south to New Mexico. Colorado spruce are listed as USDA hardiness zones 3 to 7 and possibly zone 8. The Hilton Head area of South Carolina is zone 8, the maximum southernmost range for the Colorado spruce. This tree generally does not perform well in the heat of the deep south and they tend to decline over time. If you supply irrigation to the tree during the summer, you have a much better chance of long-term survival. Without irrigation the tree will probably not do well. The variety ‘Iseli Foxtail’ has been reported to prosper in Raleigh, North Carolina (zone 7b), and may do well as far south as Hilton Head.