Blue Spruce Picea pungens glauca Zone 3-8
Height 40-80' occasionally to 150 feet
it's native range the Colorado Blue Spruce is found in small patches on
river bottoms or in stands on north facing slopes. Blue spruce do not
like standing water so make sure your site is not continually wet. The
Colorado Blue Spruce prefers rich, moist soils but is adaptable to a
variety of soil conditions including clay. It prefers full sun or
partial sun and grows poorly in full shade. More drought tolerant than
Needle colors run from deep blue to gray-green depending on the quantity
of wax that covers them, with the brightest blue colors in the spring on
new growth and as the older needles loose their wax they become greener.
Sharp short needles are bunched on the upper side of the branch or curve
up from the sides. The blue spruce needles are four sided, curved,
almost square, 1/2 to 1 inch long. Care should be taken when handling
blue spruce as the needles are very sharp and ones arms will look like
you went and had acupuncture done on yourself. It is best to have a long
sleeved sweater on while planting the larger trees. The Colorado Blue
Spruce is easily identified because of it's sharp needles.
The spruce cones are cylindrical 2-4" long open in the
first fall and falling off the next autumn. The cones are seldom a
problem on blue spruce. Blue spruce cones are pale yellow-brown, scaly
tips, narrow and wavy.
Are broadly conical.The Blue Spruce buds form at the end of the branch
and also all the way down the branch which is why pruning is best done
on Colorado Blue Spruce trees during dormant season.
Bark. The bark of a blue spruce is brownish-grey
Uses. Lumber, bowls.
Pests. The Cooley Spruce gall aphid can cause major browning
of the tips in the summer. If the Blue Spruce is small these can be
picked off in the spring before the galls brown or a pesticide such as Sevin can be sprayed in the spring as the daytime temps reach 60
degrees. The spruce galls are very seldom a serious pest of the blue
spruce. Rhizosphaera needlecast is a serious problem for the Christmas
tree grower. The Colorado blue spruce is the primary host. Needlecast
usually appears on the lower branches first as it is usually more damp
on the lower part of the tree. It can if left untreated spread through
much of the tree making it un salable. It can be treated by improving
air circulation and applying a fungicide when the buds are 3/4" long and
another treatment later in the summer. Do not prune in damp weather.
Occasionally the White Pine weevil will kill the leader on a blue
spruce. These can be cut off and burned in the spring as soon as wilting
of the leader is noticed. Canker diseases caused by a fungus can be a
Colorado Blue Spruce was first discovered in the state of Colorado and
it's native range runs from Idaho to Wyoming south to New Mexico and
Other. Blue Spruce is a majestic evergreen when planted as
a specimen tree or as a group. Blue Spruce trees are widely planted across the country.
The Colorado Blue Spruce survives ice storms well due to it's strong
branching. The strong branches also make it ideal for a Christmas tree
as it will hold ornaments well. Our live seedlings and transplants as
well as the container blue spruce make ideal live Christmas trees. The branches on the Blue Spruce have somewhat of a
layered look. Our Blue Spruce and Pine trees are grown from the finest
seed available. Colorado Blue Spruce is the slowest growing of the spruce
family, if you are looking for a fast growing spruce try the
There are many cultivars of the
Colorado Blue Spruce trees one of which is Majestic Blue Spruce. The
Majestic Colorado blue spruce seed are collected by a couple of Michigan
men who secretly catch a plane wearing a disguise so no one will find
their seedling source up in the mountains of Colorado. These
tend to have a higher percentage of bright blue shiners than our regular
Colorado blues do. We sell Colorado Blue Spruce seedlings and
larger trees. The blue spruce makes an ideal tree to be given out at
arbor day or earth day celebrations and we have special pricing for the
occasion. To buy a Colorado Blue Spruce
seedlings or to
check prices on other evergreens click the blue link below.
Cultivars There are approximately 50 known
Argentea- Silvery- white needles.
Fat Albert- A dense, upright pyramidal tree,
nice blue green color, usually grows to 15'.
Probably the bluest of the blue spruce, a relatively expensive tree as
it is grafted, color is the most consistent.
We have Blue Spruce up to 15'. Call for B+B prices.
Blue Spruce from a majestic seedling
A 10' Blue Spruce
Sammy checking out a Blue Spruce
24-30" hand select Blue Spruce Majestic
18-24" standard Blue Spruce
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Porcupine Hollow Farm
8593 W. State Rd. Central Lake, Mi. 49622
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