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Colorado Blue Spruce

Picea pungens 'Glauca'

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Growing Zones: 2-7
(hardy down to -40℉)



Growing Zones 2-7
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

30-50 ft.

Mature Width:

10-20 ft.

Sunlight:

Full Sun

Spacing:

8-10 ft.

Growth Rate:

Moderate

Drought Tolerance:

Good

Botanical Name:

Picea pungens 'Glauca'

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AZ

Silvery-Blue Evergreens add Character

This classic ornamental evergreen tree will light up your property with rich silvery blue color!

You'll admire this popular tree's beauty, and appreciate how easy it is to care for. These evergreens make excellent landscape specimens... or plant them in a row as a privacy screen or windbreak.

Blue Spruces are admired for their symmetrical, yet narrow growth habit. They will grow to about 30 to 50 feet high but only 10 to 20 feet wide.

These evergreen trees are extremely hardy and adaptable to a variety of conditions. They are drought-tolerant once established, and will thrive in partial to full sun. With their dense branches and pyramidal shape, they are rugged enough to use as a windbreak.

Blue spruces are even grown as Christmas trees! Their beauty even shines under snowfall.

Landscape professionals love to use these trees for their dramatic foliage color. The bright blue new growth changes to silvery blue as the trees get older.

The trees are often used as a blue backdrop for shrubs that turn shades of reds, golds, and purples in the fall.

Flowering trees also compliment the blue spruce. Their attractive flowers in the spring contrast well with the blue color.

And don't forget the birds! These feathered creatures love the thick needles and dense branches of the blue spruce. On the other hand, deer are not partial to this tree.





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Colorado Blue Spruce
I highly recommend the Colorado Blue Spruce. We have planted ours and they are currently under snow in the mountains. They arrived in great shape and were planted immediately and caged them to keep the deer from snacking on them. We are awaiting springtime to see how they faired this winter.
January 30, 2015
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
6
Very Nice Example
Our tree arrived in good condition and was planted at once. We followed the directions, and the tree has really taken off. Of course we planted in the spring, and the tree has already grown about four inches---normal for this small size blue spruce. We're very satisfied.
May 7, 2017
Purchased
8 months ago
Growing Zone:
7
It arrived in excellent condition and is growing well
Beautiful little tree shipped, packaged well and with evident new growth. It stabilized quickly and is growing now.
May 11, 2017
Purchased
7 months ago
Growing Zone:
6
Slow growing
Received it last year, was disappointed with the color, which was nowhere near blue. It now (a year later) seems to be turning a bit towards blue, depending on the light. But is overall very slow growing.
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Added Aug 29, 2017
August 29, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
7
Seems happy where I planted it.
I'm very pleased with my Colorado Blue Spruce. It has taken off, just as predicted on your web site, now that the weather has become more Spring-like. The soil tends to be very moist where I planted it in my yard, so I hope it will establish well there.
May 13, 2017
Purchased
8 months ago
Growing Zone:
7

Planting & Care



It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Colorado Blue Spruce


Colorado Blue Spruce Planting Diretions

Choosing a location: Spruce trees are evergreens that reach up to 50 feet tall and 15-20 feet wide. They are typically found in growing zones 2-8, grow roughly 8-16 inches a year. Spruce trees generally have sharp, four-sided needles that grow outward around the circumference of branch stems. They rarely need pruning and enjoy moist, acidic soil. They grow best in full sun to partially shaded areas. Spruces are most often planted as shade trees as well as ornamental additions. Plus they're commonly used as Christmas trees for their upright growth and pyramidal shapes. 

Planting instructions: Spruce trees do best when planted during the colder seasons when their growth is slower, but they will tolerate being planted at any time of the year. Find a nice sunny or partially shaded area for the ideal planting site. 

1) Clear away any grass or weeds within a 3-foot radius so there are no smaller plants competing for nutrients with the newly planted tree.

2) Dig a hole that is three times as wide as the root ball and just as deep. Make a small mound about 2 inches high in the center of the hole so the bottom of the root ball is slightly elevated from the bottom of the hole.

3) Place your spruce tree in the hole and gently spread the root system down over the soil mound. If the roots are too tightly bound try spraying the bottom of the root ball with water to help them loosen up a little and gently comb them with your fingers

4) Back-fill your planting hole, gently packing the soil around the tree roots as you go. Spread a layer of mulch 2-4 inches deep roughly about 3 feet in diameter around the base of the tree, and make sure it doesn't actually touch the tree. Water deeply after you've finished planting your new spruce tree.

Watering: Spruce trees are known to be some of the most drought tolerant tree species. Moist, well draining soils are ideal, as spruces don't care for areas where water can pool for prolonged periods of time. Water your newly planted spruce at least once a week during the first year after planting.  It may be necessary to water more than once a week in the hot summer months. The best way to tell if your spruce needs more water is to feel the soil at least 1 inch under the surface. If the soil feels dry to the touch then it's time to water the spruce. 

Give the soil a thorough soaking with a steady flowing garden hose and remove it when water puddles are about to form. Mulching will help the soil retain some of the moisture between watering sessions. Cease watering when the ground is expected to freeze from approaching winter weather. 

Pruning: To encourage new shoots and create fuller trees, trim the tips of new growth back about an inchaway from a bud with pruning shears. Do not trim any growth that is older than one season or remove more than 1/3 of new season's growth at once. 

Cut dead branches back to the tree's trunk. The easiest way to tell if a branch has died off is by its needles. If there are no needles than you can be sure the branch has died. Make your cut at a 45-degree angle just past the branch collar (slightly enlarged area where the branch meets the trunk). If you have to cut past needle growth on a diseased/dead branch then remove the whole thing because it will not regrow. If the damage is focused towards the tip of a branch make your cut back to 1 inch outside a bud. 

Fertilizing: The best time to fertilize your spruce tree is in the early spring or early fall. A nice, high nitrogen fertilizer formula such as 12-6-3 or 16-6-6 will be best. Apply one pound of fertilizer for every 3 feet of the spruce's height (ex: if the tree is 12 feet tall you would need 4 lbs. of fertilizer). 

Using a rake, till the soil a bit around the base of the tree, while taking care not to damage the root system. Apply 1/3 of the amount of fertilizer in this area and work it into the soil. 

To determine the next step of the fertilizing, measure the distance from the base of the spruce to the lowest branch tips and multiply by 1.5. Dig holes 12-15 inches deep around the tree at a distance from the measurement taken. Divide the remaining fertilizer amongst the holes and then backfill them with soil. Once you've completed this step, water the soil around the tree once a day during the next 4-5 days. 

Spruce trees are not only elegant but can be very beneficial for your landscape. They're known for being helpful in times of flooding since they soak up water fairly quick. Their needles have been known to make a wonderful tea that's high in vitamin C and also the primary means of making "spruce essential oil." This oil is highly used in aromatherapy, yoga and meditation for its calming, pine scent, that is also used for respiratory issues (bronchitis, asthma and coughs). So not only will they make a fantastic addition to your landscape for its beauty, but also its medicinal use!

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Love the blue hue
Cynthia B on Oct 17, 2017
Grows well at high elevations
Jonathan L on Jul 17, 2017
Love the blue hue
Cynthia B on Oct 17, 2017
Attractive tree
Randolph W on Aug 10, 2017
Grows well at high elevations
Jonathan L on Jul 17, 2017
my favorite tree
jodie b on Jul 7, 2017
Because its a blue Christmas tree and we want to string lights on it in our yard during the holidays!
Olivia B on Jul 6, 2017
Always wanted to get it
Jacques O on Jul 1, 2017
It is a beautiful tree.
Baiqian L on Jun 11, 2017
It's color and shape beautiful.
METIN T on Apr 20, 2017
Create windscreen
Ken T on Apr 17, 2017
This is a birthday gift for my husband
John F A on Apr 12, 2017
To accent front row of Wichita Blue Juniper trees
Michael V on Mar 29, 2017
I need a good evergreen, and this variety seems to fit the bill.
Stephen H on Mar 4, 2017
looking for a nice boarder tree for new yard
Thomas A on Mar 3, 2017
I was looking for a spruce to plant on the border of my back yard, in a large open space. I loved the description of the Colorado Blue Spruce, which stated that it's fairly easy to grow, and that it attracts birds. I hope it does well, grows fast, and lives long!
Vera F on Feb 22, 2017
It is different
I love evergreen trees and the Colorado Blue Spruce has such a unique color just as the Frazier Fir has a unique aroma! I ordered 2 Colorado Blue Spruces early this year and this one replaces one that did not make it.
Jody L on Oct 27, 2016
Privacy
Karen D on Oct 24, 2016
Privacy and greenery during winter.
Janet S on Oct 10, 2016
Need some privacy borders and wanted to start small to see how it works.
Jennifer M on Apr 19, 2016
Mother wanted this type of tree
Mrs. John W on Apr 17, 2016
Looking for a beautiful Blue Spruce for the garden.
John A on Apr 5, 2016
The description indicated eventual 50 ft. height with 20 ft. circumference which will fit nicely in my yard. The other
attraction is the beautiful blue color for this "evergreen" tree. I appreciate the wealth of information available for
the plants/trees....great assist in making good choices. Will recommend this company!
Gayle S on Apr 5, 2016
I have a big open spot in the corner of my lot and this tree will fill in this area well once it's mature. I also like my birds and this will be a good tree for nesting birds.
Ronald B on Apr 4, 2016
To provide winter protection for birds, and is such an attractive tree in color and shape- just perfect for our use.
Lynne S on Mar 14, 2016
My Husband thinks that these are beautiful trees. I do too. There denseness is what caught our attention.
Juanita G on Feb 24, 2016
easy to find on internet.
Lloyd W on Jan 25, 2016
Privacy trees for lot line blocking neighbors home.
KIM U on Jan 13, 2016
Wanted this tree for my deck and it's unique color.
Jason R on Dec 24, 2015
had what I wanted
The John S on Dec 16, 2015
I bought this tree because it's a beautiful tree that also has healing properties.
Natacha T on Dec 10, 2015
I had a colorado blue spruce before, was the perfect tree, the most beautiful I've ever seen. Can't wait to watch this one grow and enjoy it!
Joanne C on Nov 11, 2015
These are beautiful trees that readily endure the cold weather of the northern US!
Steven H on Nov 10, 2015
For Privecy tree on property line towards rear of property.
Maria C on Nov 3, 2015
Looking for a set of fast growing pines for an area that was previously infested with buckthorn.
Christopher M on Oct 17, 2015
Attractive tree
Randolph W on Aug 10, 2017
my favorite tree
jodie b on Jul 7, 2017
How far apart do I need to plant these?
Kalah D on Mar 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would plant 5-10 feet apart.
How much is the blue spruce cost?
A shopper on Jun 23, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We apologize but the Blue Spruce is currently on back order until further notice. Our sales often change every 3 to 4 days changing the prices of our products. Please check back in a few weeks about this.
HOW WOULD A BLUE SPRUCE GROW IN THE WOODLANDS TEXAS (NORTH HOUSTON)?
Frank L on Jul 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: HiFrank - Because I purchased specimens of Colorado Blue Spruce, "Fast-Growing-Trees" has asked me to respond to your question. Though I live in San Antonio, I purchased the Spruce saplings to plant on a piece of property I own in the mountains of northern New Mexico. The Zone there is "6". You are in Zone "9". Blue Spruce is only recommended up to Zone "7". I know they say it is an adaptable tree but I think Zone "9" is really stretching it. It depends on very cold weather to and cool summers to sustain itself. This is probably NOT what you want to hear, but I believe this part of Texas is way too hot for it to be successful. Hope this helps. Good Luck.
Will it survive in zone 8?
Pat C on Mar 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It will but does not thrive as well as other choices. We have had one about 10 yrs and although it's grown considerably, it's pretty scraggly looking. It's in partial shade so as to escape the heat of the day and takes lots of water.
Will they grow in south Florida?
Elaine D on Aug 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I think that depends on what you mean by South Florida. If you are meaning Miami-Dade or the Keys, most of the soil is very shallow and then just coral rock. You would need to chip out a large hole and fill it with a soil mix to support the tree's needs. NOT Potting Mix! However, in the areas more to the north, say north of West Palm, there may be enough sand in the soil and deep enough to just add a little manure compost to the planting soil. And with minimal winter cold weather in South Florida, the tree will not grow as large as it would in the mountains. It will be a battle to keep the tree going, but I think worth the effort. I have three Colorado Blue Spruce growing in my yard in Ocala and they are adapting well and putting on new growth. Hope this helps!
when it states 1-2 foot does that include the roots or is that the above ground height?
Dennis R on Jan 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We measure from the top of the pot to the top of the tree.
Will it survive in zone 10?
almamorena on Nov 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Zone 10 is to hot for those trees. Perfect weather: Oregon, Washington State, Colorado, North California.
I'm in Huntsville Alabama - very hot summers. Will a Blue Spruce survive ? I am not sure of my Zone, maybe Zone 8 ?
Janice S on Jan 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I live in southern California and our summer vally temps are very hot (high 90s). We are zone 8 & 9. It will be fine with the heat if established and planted where it can get partial shade. I would plant the tree 6 - 9 months before the hot season and do long soaks for watering. this will cause the roots to grow very deep where to soil stays cool during summer months.
What zone does blue spruce grow in?
Yvette M on Jul 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I purchased 6 trees in the spring of 2014. I live in East Texas where the humidity is like a heavy curtain and the heat has been 97 for three consecutive weeks. I planted the trees along the fence that is heavily shrouded in thick woods. There is some sunlight and they are watered daily with the sprinklers. I also water them with the hose once per week. I lost three in the first winter but the other three are thriving. I realize this is not practical but hey, it's working for me. The trees are not growing as quickly as they probably would in Colorado but I'm just THRILLED they are looking great.

Please note that I planted the trees in organic soil and mulch. The hole was three times the size that is recommended but then again the trees were only 10 inches when they arrived. Great soil, no direct sun, and sufficient water seem to be the key in Texas.
Will this tree grow at zip 78642 it looks like I'm on the edge?
Cory F on May 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No I would not recommend it for your area.
How soon do you need to plant your Colorado Blue Spruce once it arrives?
Tammy
Tammy R on Apr 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can keep it in the container until you are ready to plant. Just make sure you keep it watered.
can i plant a colorado blue spruce near a septic system?
piola on Jan 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would plant at least 10 feet away from the septic system.
Are there any bluce spruce that are adapated for growing in Gulf Coast states?
Doug U on Dec 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 2-7. Click on the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/USDA-Plant-Hardiness-Zone-Map.htm
do you sell them in pots for Christmas and than could I transplant them after?
tease on Aug 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hi Frances
We only carry those bare root and will be available for shipping 12/22/15. We have an assortment of gift trees available. If you are looking for something in the way of an evergreen we may have some available as gift trees in the fall.
i have a 6 foot blue spruce how much growth during the first 5 years after planting?
dwight m on Aug 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The first few years Blue Spruce grow a little slower, but then pick up a bit. I would say yours at 6ft will grow anywhere from 1-2ft per year.
How many inches does a blue spruce grow in one year?
jean s on Jun 23, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Blue Spruces Grow about 1 ft per year
Will a blue spruce tree do well in Ak?
Theresa R on Jul 10, 2017
can you ship the blue spruce to Hawaii and get it accepted there by the agricultural people?
Kathi B on Jul 6, 2017

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