Category: Tree - Evergreen
Zones: 3 to 7 (higher on the west coast)
Size: 30 to 90' tall, 10 to 20' wide
Growth Rate: Slow
...with glabrous branchlets ; very rigid, strongly pointed and pungent leaves, in young trees compressed, in old ones often flattened ; large cylindrical cones... (Gard. Chron. n.s. 11: 334. 1879.)
Needles spread around the stem, very stiff, blue-green color. Stiff horizontal branches, dense, pyramidal form. Makes a bold focal point, very distinctive.
Prefers rich, moist soil and full sun. More drought tolerant than other spruces.
'Thuem' - Compact Colorade Blue Spruce - compact irregular mounding form. To 3' in 10 years. Often sold as 'Glauca Compacta' in the US.
Published in Gard. Chron. n.s. 11: 334 in 1879.
Native to the US (Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.)