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Picea pungens

Spruce - Colorado Blue

Picea pungens

The Colorado Blue Spruce is a classic evergreen that is easy to grow and shears very nicely too. The shape is conical and the bark is grayish brown to dark gray. New growth in the spring is especially blue in color. Once properly established, this spruce exhibits good drought and flooding tolerance. Naturally deer resistant.

Our plants come with extra large and fibrous root systems, ready to plant and flourish!

Key Plant Details


Planting Zones:

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7


Soil Type:

Clay, Sandy, Loamy


Light Requirement:

Part Shade, Part Sun, Sun



Average, Dry

Plant Characteristics


Mature Size:

15-20 foot spread, 70-80 feet in height


Annual Growth Rate:



Shop By Use:

Christmas Tree, Deer Resistant, Privacy Screen, Windbreak Selection, Winter Interest

Care Tips

Care Tips - Growing:

Avoid applying fertilizer in fall as this may cause a new flush of growth that will not harden off for winter. A maintained mulch ring will slowly add nutrients to the soil, avoiding the need for fertilizer application. White Spruce can tolerate some shade, but this significantly reduces growth and density. For best results in a landscape setting, site this evergreen where it will receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. White Spruce struggles in areas of excessively high pollution or salt spray and should not be sited along busy streets.

Care Tips - Pruning:

Shearing is not necessary when the tree is healthy and properly watered.

Care Tips - Soil:

Tolerant of many soils except constantly wet. More tolerant of poorly drained and nutrient-deficient sites

Care Tips - Uses:

Windbreak or screen and works well where soil stabilization is needed. Specimen plant.

Zone Map

This plant will grow in these zones