Colorado Blue Spruce
- Magnificent Silver Blue-Green Needles
- Great form and superb adaptability makes it one of our most popular evergreens
- Deer Resistant: Seldom Severely Damaged
- Grows 50' to 75' high with 20' spread
- Zones 2 to 7
- Can't Ship to: AK, AZ, HI
Zones 2 - 7
The Colorado Blue Spruce can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Colorado Blue Spruce falls into the following type(s): Evergreens
50' - 75' High
The Colorado Blue Spruce grows to be 50' - 75' feet in height.
10' - 20' Spread
The Colorado Blue Spruce has a spread of about 10' - 20' at full maturity.
Slow to Medium Growth
This tree grows at a slow to medium growth rate. [More about this.]
This spruce does well in full sun.
The Colorado Blue Spruce grows in acidic, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, well drained, wet, wide range, clay soils.
This spruce has columnar, pyramidal shape.
The Colorado Blue Spruce tree is one of our most popular ornamental conifers. It has many attributes that make it suitable for yards: magnificent color, conical shape when young, adaptability to soil conditions, and a root system that makes it more wind firm than any other western Spruce. It is an excellent border tree that provides year 'round screening as well as a protective summertime nesting opportunity for many songbirds.
The Colorado Blue Spruce provides food and shelter for siskins, nuthatches, and crossbills. Browsers such as deer will often eat the foliage.
The Colorado Blue Spruce tree is such a delight that nature seems to have kept it a well-guarded secret for a very long time. It was not until 1862 that this spectacular species was discovered growing in the enchanted meadows and stream sides of the high Rocky Mountains. Once found, the fame of the Blue Spruce spread quickly and today it is one of our most widely planted landscape trees. When writing in "Handbook on Conifers" in 1969, Henry Tuescher, curator emeritus of the Montreal Botanical Garden, called the Colorado Blue Spruce tree one of the five finest conifers. Tuescher gave no reasons for this honor except for the tree's exceptional beauty.
Requires normal moisture with moderate tolerance to flooding and drought.
The needles are stiff, prickly and about 1 to 1-1/2 inches in length. They surround the branch at nearly right angles and are usually silvery to blue-green, but occasionally the blue is absent.
Green; orange; purple; nondescript.
Light brown, 3 to 4 inch cones which hang downward on the branches and are concentrated in the upper crown.
Its beautiful year-round color, remarkable consistency in form, and its superb adaptability to a variety of growing conditions make the Colorado Blue Spruce one of the most popular evergreens. This large tree features silvery, blue-green color with a conical, narrow shape. It can be used as a natural screen, a grand specimen, or as a shade tree if you desire to use an evergreen. Your tree will grow well in its early years, reaching a mature height of 50'-75' with a spread of 10'-20' under landscape conditions, up to 135' with a 35' spread in the wild. (Zones 2-7)
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Each tree is guaranteed to grow, or we'll replace it at one half the original price, plus shipping and handling.
The benefits of bare-root trees
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.