Blue Totem Colorado Blue Spruce Tree
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Blue Totem Colorado Blue Spruce Tree
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Growth Facts

Blue Totem Colorado Blue Spruce

Picea pungens Fastigata 'Blue Totem'

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Want a Blue Spruce, but don’t think you have the room? Blue Totem Colorado Spruce may be the answer. This tall, skinny evergreen fits easily into narrow spaces adding a vibrant silvery-blue highlighting garden beds all year round. Your pruning shears will never have to leave the shed, as it maintains its stately, manicured look all on its own! Plant a few for a gorgeous accent wall, or elegant entranceway. During the holidays, turn it into a living Christmas tree we can all sing about!

Growth Facts

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The Story

Colorado Spruce inhabits the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the U.S. It’s a nice but ho-hum tree in its usual wild form: a tall, snow-shedding pyramid, carrying fresh green needles all year-round. When it was discovered that powder-blue specimens could be had, however, the tree rocketed to the top of many wish lists. It became the go-to accent plant in Northern gardens across the country (it struggles in the Southeast). This columnar variety first appeared in Canada around 1987 and made it to the U.S. a few years later.

The Details

A Blue Spruce for those tight spaces! This is one upright, columnar evergreen! Blue Totem Colorado Spruce showcases steel blue foliage, the new growth displays an even more intense blue color. You just can't pass this one up!

How to Grow

Lots of people have planted Blue Spruce trees too close to the house, and the next owner of the house has cursed them for it. Don’t get cursed out—plant this slim variety instead. This tree isn’t difficult to grow. Full sun is a prerequisite, as is well-drained soil. It should never need pruning. (Thank goodness! It’s a prickly fella.) Blue Spruces are slow-growing trees, so you can understand how much a good-sized specimen can add to the value of a home… unless it’ssmushed up against the house!

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 3
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 7
Avg Mature Height 12-15 ft
Avg Mature Width 2-3 ft
Spacing 2-3 ft
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers No
Specimen No
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

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Blue Totem Colorado Blue Spruce Tree
Blue Totem Colorado Blue Spruce Leaf