[a.k.a. Colorado Spruce, Blue Spruce]
Shipping first will be our larger 3yr old 6-12″ Colorado Blue Spruce plug seedlings [pictured above] till sold out, then switching to the new crop of 5-8″ Colorados [pictured below]. If you choose to delay shipping, you may get the newer crop instead…first shipped is first served!
The most popular Spruce by any measure, Colorado Blue Spruce plug seedlings are often the primary choice for Christmas trees, ornamental landscaping, privacy screens and windbreaks, and can reach heights of over 100 feet. It features a pleasing conical shape, and can live for up to 800 years.
Colorado Blue Spruce feature needles which are four-sided and can be quite sharp (“pungens” is Latin for “sharp”), and the needle color varies from silvery blue to greenish blue. The Glauca variety (which we sell), tend to have more blueish and silvery needles. About 60% develop the famous “blue” color, while the rest will remain more greenish. It is a genetic trait which cannot determined for another few years.
Colorado Blue Spruce plug seedlings mature to become very hardy and visually dense, and grow at an average rate, about 1 foot per year. It’s cones are anywhere from 2 to 4 inches long and have a brown chestnut color.
The Colorado Spruce is anchored with a deep root system, protecting it from mild drought and high winds. It requires little pruning to maintain its beautiful conical shape, and retains its needles better than almost any spruce (handy when removing it from your home after Christmas).
Colorado Blue Spruce plug seedlings grow from Kentucky north (but can do well in lower states such as New Mexico and Arizona if planted at elevations above 5,000 feet), as well as east of Idaho. Colorado Blue Spruce can handle a little bit of shade, but full sun is generally best.
Colorado Blue Spruce plug seedlings: characteristics and info• prefers hardiness zones 3-6
• prefers full sun but does fine in partial shade when young
• mature height and spread: up to 75 ft high, 20 ft spread
• prefers sandy loamy soils, but does well in quite a wide range of soils
• Ohio State University info on Picea pungens Glauca
• Colorado Blue Spruce Sizes and Availability:
--- Colorado Blue Spruce seedlings [now shipping]
--- Colorado Blue Spruce transplants [now shipping]
--- Colorado Blue Spruce plug seedlings [now shipping]
--- Colorado Blue Spruce plug transplants [available in Fall 2019]
--- Colorado Blue Spruce conservation grade plug transplants [available in Fall 2019]
• order using the green buttons below, or use our evergreen mailorder form
• Comparable alternative species: Black Spruce, Black Hills Spruce, Meyers Spruce, Norway Spruce, Serbian Spruce and White Spruce. Confused about species? Check out our Evergreen Tree Buyers Guide
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These specific plug seedlings are available and shipping now. If you’d like to delay shipment, please specify that date in a follow up email after placing your order. However, shipping season for these specific evergreen trees pauses in mid-December 2018 and resumes in mid-January 2019, and continues through the end of May 2019 or till sold out.
Plug seedlings are shipped in bundles, but we offer individual plastic packaging, eco-friendly packaging, cotton gift bag packaging and custom laser cut pendants for all sizes of plug seedlings and plug transplants, sold separately in matching quantities.