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The Colorado Blue Spruce can be expected to grow
in the zones listed. More information can be found on the arborday.org
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The Colorado Blue Spruce falls into the following type(s): Evergreen
The Colorado Blue Spruce grows to be 50' to 75' feet in height.
The Colorado Blue Spruce has a spread of about 10' to 20' at full maturity.
This tree grows at a Slow to Medium growth rate.
The Colorado Blue Spruce does well in Full exposure(s).
The Colorado Blue Spruce grows in Acidic, Clay, Drought Tolerant, Loamy, Moist, Rich, Sandy, Well Drained, Wet, Wide Range soils.
The Colorado Blue Spruce has a(n) Columnar shape.
The Colorado Blue Spruce tree is one of our most popular ornamental conifers. It has many attributes that make it suitable for yards: magnificent color, conical shape when young, adaptability to soil conditions, and a root system that makes it more wind firm than any other western Spruce. It is an excellent border tree that provides year 'round screening as well as a protective summertime nesting opportunity for many songbirds.
The Colorado Blue Spruce provides food and shelter for siskins, nuthatches, and crossbills.
The Colorado Blue Spruce tree is such a delight that nature seems to have kept it a well-guarded secret for a very long time. It was not until 1862 that this spectacular species was discovered growing in the enchanted meadows and stream sides of the high Rocky Mountains. Once found, the fame of the Blue Spruce spread quickly and today it is one of our most widely planted landscape trees. When writing in "Handbook on Conifers" in 1969, Henry Tuescher, curator emeritus of the Montreal Botanical Garden, called the Colorado Blue Spruce tree one of the five finest conifers. Tuescher gave no reasons for this honor except for the tree's exceptional beauty.
Requires normal moisture with moderate tolerance to flooding and drought.
The needles are stiff, prickly and about 1 to 1-1/2 inches in length. They surround the branch at nearly right angles and are usually silvery to blue-green, but occasionally the blue is absent.
Green; orange; purple; nondescript.
Light brown, 3 to 4 inch cones which hang downward on the branches and are concentrated in the upper crown.
One of our most popular ornamental conifers, the Colorado blue spruce (or simply, blue spruce) is a truly magnificent sight. Perhaps Donald Culrose Peattie described it best in A Natural History of Western Trees. "This insistently pretty tree displays its charms of tier on tier of branches graduated in perfect symmetry from the longest boughs that sweep the ground to the slender but strong top."
Its silvery blue-green coloring and perfect Christmas tree shape make this tree a great landscaping focal point on commercial and residential properties. It is also widely used for privacy or a windbreak.
Each tree and plant is guaranteed to grow, or we'll replace it within one year of shipment.
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.
Potted (also called containerized) trees are shipped in 4" containers. Because the roots are packed in soil, the trees don't
need to be dormant for shipping. Benefits to potted trees include:
Natural root (also called bare root) trees are shipped without soil around their roots. They are shipped when dormant in the spring and fall seasons. We dip the roots in a hydrating gel to keep them moist during shipping. Some advantages of natural root trees:
The Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell University has an interesting article about the benefits of planting natural root trees. Look for the PDF entitled Creating the Urban Forest: The Bare Root Method
Plugged trees are grown in a soil plug. While not shipped in a pot, these trees do have soil around the roots. Benefits of this type of tree include:
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