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PlantFiles: 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

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

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

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive rteets 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.


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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