[a.k.a. Colorado Spruce, Blue Spruce]
[Picea pungens, Picea pungens Glauca]
The most popular Spruce by any measure, Colorado Blue Spruce are often the primary choice for Christmas trees, ornamental landscaping, evergreen privacy screens and windbreaks. This ornamental spruce features a pleasing conical shape, can reach heights of over 100 feet and can live for up to 800 years. If you plant one and it reaches this age, we’d love to hear about it!
Colorado Blue Spruce needles are four-sided and can be quite sharp (“pungens” is Latin for “sharp”), and 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 the first few years. Colorado Blue Spruce are fairly hardy, dense, and grow at an average rate for an evergreen. It’s cones are anywhere from 2 to 4 inches long and have a brown chestnut color.
Anchored with a deep root system, Colorado Blue Spruce can handle mild drought and high winds once established. It requires little pruning to maintain its shape, and retains its needles better than almost any spruce (handy when removing it from your home after Christmas).
Colorado Blue Spruce 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) and east of Idaho. They can handle a little bit of shade, but full sun is best.
Colorado Blue Spruce 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
These specific bare root evergreen 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 ends around Thanksgiving week 2018 and resumes in Spring 2019. If you need evergreen trees shipped before or after these dates, please look at our various sizes and species of evergreen plug seedlings and evergreen plug transplants, which can be shipped at nearly any time of year.