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Colorado Blue Spruce

Will Ship Spring 2024

Plant Type: Evergreen, bare-root

Zones:  2-7

Soil Type:  Clay, Loamy & Sandy Soils

Site Selection: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Mature Height & Width:  60-80' Height and 10-20' Spread

Growth Rate:  Moderate - 12-24" per year once established

Moisture Requirements: Dry to average soils

Plant Characteristics

Colorado Blue Spruce

Picea pungens

The Colorado Blue Spruce is easily our most popular conifer. It's a classic evergreen that is easy to grow and shears very nicely. The shape is conical and the bark is grayish-brown to dark-gray. New growth in the spring is especially blue in color. Once properly established, this spruce has decent drought and flooding tolerance. Naturally deer resistant.

We sell the Kaibab variety for their classic look. The colors range from green to blue.

Colorado Blue Spruce are magnificent trees that adapt to a variety of soil types and various moisture situations.  This spruce is conical/pyramidal in its appearance and exhibits very dense growth.  Female cones are green with a violet colored bloom and average 2 to 4 inches in length.  As the cones mature, they turn into a light brown color.  This is a classic evergreen.

Commonly used as:

  • Specimens
  • Ornamental Value
  • Privacy Screens
  • Wind Breaks
  • Christmas Trees
  • Deer Resistant Tree

These evergreens are very deer resistant. This tree makes a good windbreak when planted properly in rows and even works as a shade tree when you are looking to use an evergreen.

Provides excellent nesting, roosting and winter cover for birds who like to take shelter in its dense foliage. The tree provides a food source for squirrels, crossbills, grouse, siskins and nuthatches.

Product Questions

What are the chances of getting a blue color or bluish silver color when ordering 2 yr old Colorado Blue Spruce seedlings.
Question by: Neal Ostby on Oct 21, 2020, 11:31 AM
The Colorado blue spruce ranges in color from shades of blues and green to an almost silver color. The color of the spruce is from the waxes that are found on the surface of the needles. The color of the tree is like hair color in humans; the color is passed on by genetics. (Source ndsu.edu) There are specific cultivars you can find that are more "blue" we do not sell those, we sell the plain species.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Oct 21, 2020, 12:38 PM
Can the Blue Spruce survive in Vermont?
Question by: Devon Lawson on Dec 2, 2020, 8:52 PM
The Colorado Blue Spruce growing zones are 2-7. Vermont's growing zone is 4, so yes they can be grown in Vermont.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Dec 3, 2020, 9:15 AM
Will Colorado blue spruce and grow well on the Oregon coast?
Question by: Daniel Cook on Dec 9, 2020, 8:43 PM
I would not recommend Colorado Blue Spruce for your location. The planting zones for the Blue Spruce are zones 2-7, the Oregon coast looks like a zone 8 so it will probably be too warm for the trees to thrive.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Dec 10, 2020, 10:12 AM
I have an area of harvested black walnut trees. Will Colorado blue spruce survive?
Question by: Steve Putz on Jan 22, 2021, 1:28 PM
Colorado Blue Spruce are susceptible to juglone, so it would be best to plant 50' away from the drip line of the Walnut tree.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Jan 22, 2021, 4:36 PM
I would like to order 1000 of them, I live in south west Tennessee, I would like to know what kind of fertilizer is needed and if any bug spray is needed for my Christmas tree farm.
Question by: David on Sep 26, 2022, 2:35 PM
Hello David, I would contact your local nursery association or Christmas tree growers association as to what type of insects you have first, before you would need to discuss control methods. We do not recommend fertilizing the first year. The goal is to encourage root growth and most fertilizers encourage top growth. It is best to check with a more local source about what types of fertilizer and pest control may be needed. Please let us know if we can help you place an order.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Sep 29, 2022, 4:22 PM