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Colorado Blue Spruce
A magnificent, long-lived, evergreen coniferous tree native to the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado Blue Spruce features handsome and colorful silver to icy-blue needles on rigidly horizontal branches that form on the trunk all the way down to the ground. Get all the details below

Colorado Blue Spruce

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Colorado Blue Spruce
Picea pungens glauca

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 2a-7b  Find Your Zone >



Special Attributes

A magnificent, long-lived, evergreen coniferous tree native to the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado Blue Spruce features handsome and colorful silver to icy-blue needles on rigidly horizontal branches that form on the trunk all the way down to the ground. The 1.5 inch long needles stick out straight out from the branches from all angles and are equally as rigid as the branches, so stiff that they almost don't appear real. The tree grows slowly in a broad pyramidal form to an average height of 30 to 60 feet and 15 to 20 feet wide at the base. That said, in its native habitat trees might reach upwards of 70 to 100 feet in height and 25 feet wide. Attractive, straw-colored, cylindrical cones 2 to 4 inches in length hang down from the branches. Birds, squirrels and other mammals enjoy eating the seeds from the cones. A magnificent tree in zones where it will grow. 




Landscape & Garden Uses

In the landscape, the Colorado Blue Spruce is ideal for use as a specimen, in groupings, or in privacy screen plantings. Superb for use as an outdoor Christmas tree. It is also a fine selection for use in wildlife habitats and gardens where it's dense foliage and stiff branching provide nesting, roosting and shelter for birds and small mammals.

Spacing:  12 to 15' apart for privacy screens;  30' apart for space between plants 




Cultural Preferences

The Colorado Blue Spruce is easy to grow and long-lived in moist but well-drained acidic soils. It prefers rich, moist soils during the younger years. Established trees have good drought tolerance. This tree prefers cooler climates in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 2a-7b. Doesn't like heat the heat and humidity in the deep South.




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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 2a-8a  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Coniferous Evergreen Tree
Height at Maturity:  40-50'
Width at Maturity:  20-25'
Spacing:  15-18' apart for privacy screens; 30' apart for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Pyramidal, Upright
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Foliage Color:  Silvery Light-Blue
Fragrant Foliage:  Yes
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun
Water Needs:  Average, low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Drainage:  Moist But Well Drained
Soil pH:  5.0 - 8.0
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Severe Cold, Deer, Disease, Drought, Insect



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