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Blue Totem Colorado Blue Spruce
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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!
- Hardiness Zone: 3-7
- Spacing: 2-3 ft
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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.
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!
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