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PICEA pungens 'Fat Albert'

Image of Picea pungens 'Fat Albert'

James H. Schutte

Family

Pinaceae

Botanical Name

PICEA pungens 'Fat Albert'

Plant Common Name

Colorado Blue Spruce, Fat Albert Spruce

General Description

Fat Albert spruce is a medium-sized pyramidal evergreen conifer native to the southern Rocky Mountains in the western United States. The pungent needles are silvery blue held on stiff branches that are slightly ascending from the trunk. Grasp the needles and a sharp prickling ensues. The mature form is a handsome pyramid, but with a broad, dense stature usually lacking a towering leading growth spire. It is a slow-growing plant.

Fat Albert spruce grows its finest in full sun and well-drained fertile soil. A moist fertile soil is ideal, but it can withstand many stresses, including drought, pollution, salt and wind. Use it as a specimen in a small yard, or as a screen or windbreak.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    2 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Width

    7'-10' / 2.1m - 3.0m

  • Native To

    Western United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Blue Green, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Blue Green, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Blue Green, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Blue Green, Gray Green, Steel Blue

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Alpine, Feature Plant, Foundation, Rock Garden / Wall, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No