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Height: 65 feet
Spread: 26 feet
Hardiness Zone: 2
A high quality evergreen accent tree with large stout branches and long, very pointy needles in colors ranging from bright green to silver blue, different from tree to tree; extremely hardy and rugged, makes an excellent windbreak
Colorado Spruce has green foliage which emerges bluish-green in spring. The needles remain green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The rough gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.
Colorado Spruce is a dense evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This is a high maintenance tree that will require regular care and upkeep. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Colorado Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Colorado Spruce will grow to be about 65 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 26 feet. It has a low canopy, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.
This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America.