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Conifer Tree, Colorado Blue Spruce

The conifer, Colorado Blue Spruce has bluish tinted needles, a pleasant woodsy aroma and a Christmas tree appearance that has made them a favorite for growing in the yard. Delightfully, their blue color deepens the larger they grow. Plant your tree in an area that gets full to partial sun, yet has moist soil. Colorado Blue Spruce can grow in dry conditions once it has been established. The spruce can grow in loam, sand and clay. It is a columnar or conical evergreen conifer with densely growing horizontal branches. It has scaly grey bark on the trunk with yellowish-brown branches.

During the first year, pour two to three buckets of water around the roots every two weeks in the winter and every week in the summer. Be sure to replenish the mulch. Use a slow release organic fertilizer to ensure that the tree is getting enough of the proper nutrients. You can control the density of the tree by cutting back the tips. This also allows you to shape the tree. Though the Colorado Blue Spruce is a particularly hardy tree, make sure that you take the best care of it especially during its first year when the root system becomes more established.

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Plant Details +

Size 12-18"
Height Maximum of 30-60'
Spread 10' - 20'
Spacing 10-20'
Hardiness Zones 3-7
Exposure Sun
Vigor Moderate
Foliage Green

General Information +

Botanical: Picea pungens glauca

Common: Conifer, Colorado Blue Spruce

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: Needs a well drained soil to do well. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Add generous amounts of peat but no fertilizer when planting. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.