Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
PICEA pungens 'Fat Albert'
Colorado Blue Spruce, Fat Albert Spruce
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.
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
10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m
7'-10' / 2.1m - 3.0m
Western United States
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Green, Blue Green, Steel Blue
Blue Green, Gray Green, Steel Blue
Alpine, Feature Plant, Foundation, Rock Garden / Wall, Screening / Wind Break
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