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James H. Schutte
PICEA pungens 'Fastigiata'
Colorado Spruce, Column Blue Spruce
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This superior columnar spruce is a dwarf and perfectly sized for small gardens. It’s ideal for the intermountain West, Upper Midwest and Canadian landscapes because its parent species is the Colorado spruce tree native to higher elevations of the Rockies. Within its range the winters are very cold and dry, making 'Fastigiata' quite drought tolerant. With a tidy form, its upward facing branches and dense foliage becomes a living column that’s outstanding under snow. The branches are sheathed in scaly purple-tinged gray bark and short, four sided dark blue-gray needles. The new growth is intensely blue, fading to blue green as it ages. The needles are prickly and quite stiff to the touch. Small to medium sized brown cones are formed at the tips.
A columnar dwarf spruce is valuable for creating architectural forms in the landscape. It’s ideal as a cold hardy substitute for the tender Italian cypress. Plant in pairs to flank a view or entry. Use as a contrast plant in mixed shrub borders. Provide this spruce with full sun and protection from drying winter winds, which can burn or discolor the foliage, spoiling its perfect form. Group with other arid natives from cold regions for water conserving landscape designs, Mediterranean style landscapes, naturalistic gardens or foundation plantings. This selection is also known as 'Iseli Fastigiate'.
7 - 1
2 - 8
A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
Needled or Scaled Evergreen
Full Sun, Partial Sun
5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m
1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m
Western United States
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Blue Green, Steel Blue
Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Screening / Wind Break
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