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Fat Albert Colorado Blue Spruce

Picea pungens 'Fat Albert'

SKU
06478
A superb evergreen conifer with rich blue needles on a densely branched, naturally pyramidal form. An outstanding landscape specimen. A very slow grower that will become quite large over time, in ideal conditions. A wonderful choice for use as a living Christmas tree.
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Botanical PronunciationPY-see-a PUN-jenz GLAW-ka
Average Size at MaturityGrows 10 to 15 ft. tall and wide in 10 years; 40 ft. tall, 20 ft. wide in time.
Bloom TimeConifer; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasThis is the ideal Spruce for the small garden. Reaching just fifteen feet tall, it is excellent for front lawns in the most limited landscapes, or use as a background foliage plant behind beds and borders. Good choice to fill up a bare corner or to provide mass in gardens of dwarf conifers and other very hardy low-growing plants. Dense and durable, it works well in windbreaks, shelterbelts, as a screen or sound barrier.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorBlue-green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Rustic
Growth HabitPyramidal
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseContainer, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Windbreak, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Poor Soils, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly, Tolerates Road Salt
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsDwarf Ninebark (Physocarpus); Potentilla (Potentilla); Fountain Grass (Pennisetum); Smoke Tree (Cotinus); Salvia (Salvia)

Prefers humus-rich, slightly acidic, moist, well-drained soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Prefers even moisture but can tolerate periodic drought when well-established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 2-8

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