Colorado Spruce, Blue Spruce
Picea pungens 'Fat Albert'

Family: Pinaceae (py-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Picea (PY-see-uh) (Info)
Species: pungens (PUN-gens) (Info)
Cultivar: Fat Albert

Category:

Shrubs

Trees

Conifers

Height:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Blue-Green

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Denver, Colorado

Northbrook, Illinois

Waterman, Illinois

Louisville, Kentucky

Waxhaw, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio

Lima, Ohio

Beaverton, Oregon

Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Christiana, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 15, 2014, rteets from Stroudsburg, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Before this tree put out its new growth in late spring it is a nice, small Pine. However, once the new growth appears (and it grows 6-8 in. per year for me), WOW! The blue of this tree is nothing short of spectacular. I am not a big conifer fan but this one is truly a specimen plant in my garden. I have included a picture here with Golden Creeping Jenny that is totally unretouched or altered in any way. I just snapped it with my iPhone.