Colorado Blue Spruce Picea pungens 'Glauca' 4/5' B&B/CT

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This very popular conifer has a handsome pyramidal form with rigid tiered branches densely covered with stiff gray-blue needles. Use as an evergreen windbreak or tall screen, or as a specimen plant in large landscapes.


Thrives in a wide range of soil types; prefers neutral to acidic soils. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.


Average Size at Maturity

Reaches 10-12 ft. tall in 10 years; 40-60 ft. tall, 10-20 ft. wide with age.

Bloom Time

Conifer; prized for foliage.

Design Ideas

Twice taller than it is wide, this native forest evergreen is best used on large properties. Use it to separate tall multistory buildings or in shelterbelts and windbreaks. Tall enough to screen the view from second- or third-story windows. Gorgeous in estate-sized forests of broadleaf and conifers, where it stands out against deciduous trees and blankets of snow.

Deciduous/ Evergreen


Foliage Color

Dark Green

Garden Style

Cottage, Rustic

Growth Habit


Growth Rate


Landscape Use

Privacy Screen, Rock Garden, Specimen, Windbreak, Woodland Garden, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden

Light Needs

Full sun, Partial sun

Soil Needs

All-Purpose Plant Food

Special Feature

Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Poor Soils, Tolerates Wet Soils, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly, Tolerates Road Salt

Water Needs


Watering Needs

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Key Feature

Deer Resistant