What is the difference between a blue spruce and a Colorado blue spruce?

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Colorado Blue Spruce needles are four-sided and can be quite sharp ("pungens" is Latin for "sharp"), and needle color varies from silvery blue to greenish blue. The Glauca variety, tend to have more blueish and silvery needles. Colorado Blue Spruce are very hardy, dense, and grow at an average rate for an evergreen.

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Keeping this in consideration, what is the difference between white spruce and blue spruce?

Blue Spruce trees are ideally suited for use in shelterbelts, privacy screens, or as accent trees. Please note: our Blue Spruce are grown from seed and the needles vary in color from green to blue. White Spruce is a hardy, long-lived evergreen tree. It can grow in many soil types and moisture levels.

One may also ask, what does a Colorado blue spruce look like? The Colorado Blue Spruce's silvery-blue needles are prickly to the touch and have a strong, fresh, piney smell. Its pyramidal shape, foliage color, and wonderful smell make this plant a classic choice for a Christmas tree.

Accordingly, is a Colorado spruce a blue spruce?

The blue spruce, green spruce, white spruce, Colorado spruce, or Colorado blue spruce, with the Latin (scientific) name Picea pungens, is a species of spruce tree. It is native to North America, and is found in growing zones 1 through 7. The blue spruce has blue-green coloured needles and is a coniferous tree.

How long do Colorado blue spruce trees live?

200 years

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What does a blue spruce tree look like?

Blue spruce, also known as Colorado spruce, is a conical-shaped evergreen tree with stiff horizontal branches and short stiff needles. It is a commonly used tree in Midwest landscapes. In nature the needles are often green, but many specimens produce blue-green needles.

What spruce looks like?

Look at the bark color.
The bark turns from pale grey to brown as the tree ages. The Black Spruce has thin, scaly bark that is dark green-brown in color. The Red Spruce has bark with a reddish hue which is especially visible between the scales of the bark. The White Spruce has ash-brown, sometimes grayish bark.

How can you tell an Engelmann spruce?

Scales of the mature cone are pale brown or red-brown, thin, stiff but flexible, and are diamond-shaped or pointed and have a ragged outer margin. Cones cluster in the upper half or near the top of large trees. Once you know the Engelmann spruce cone, recognizing it is one of the easy ways to identify the tree.

How big do spruce trees get?

Spruces are large trees, from about 20–60 m (about 60–200 ft) tall when mature, and have whorled branches and conical form.

What does black spruce look like?


What it looks like. It has short dark bluish-green needles, which are blunt on the end. When grown on high and dry ground, black spruce trees are taller and thicker. Black spruce cones are egg shaped, 2 to 3 centimetres long, and are dark brown.

Do Norway spruce have pine cones?

They have a pine-like fragrance. Norway Spruce is monoecious, forming separate male and female cones on the same tree during mid- to late spring.

How can you tell a white spruce from a black spruce?

To tell a black spruce from a white spruce, examine the small branchlets, the cones and the habitat. Black spruce has tiny reddish hairs on the outermost branchlets and short needles (to 1.5 cm); white spruce has no hairs and has longer needles (to 2.5 cm).

Will blue spruce needles grow back?

Well, the short answer is no, the needles will not grow back. Long answer is, as long as the growing tips of the branches are not damaged, the tree will most likely produce new buds next year as long as the tree has been properly cared for (good water, maybe a bit of fertilizer this past spring, etc.).

Can you overwater a blue spruce?

Spruce trees do not like being waterlogged. When a spruce tree is transplanted, its roots go into shock, which limits their ability to absorb water. However, applying too much water is just as bad as not watering at all. Overwatering can kill the tree, so checking the soil moisture before watering is critical.

How do you take care of a Colorado blue spruce?


Caring for Colorado Spruce
Water it regularly to keep the soil moist through the first season and only during dry spells thereafter. The tree benefits from a 2-inch layer of organic mulch that extends just beyond the tips of the branches. Pull the mulch back a few inches from the base of the tree to prevent rot.

What is the best time of year to plant a blue spruce?

Bare root Colorado blue spruces should be planted while dormant so roots can become established before leaf and shoot growth begins. Late winter through early spring is best depending on your climate and ground thaw date. Bare root spruces can also be planted in very early fall.

What can I plant next to Blue Spruce?

Notable acid-loving shrubs and perennials include: rhododendrons, blueberries, bergenias, hostas, lungwort, lily-of-the-valley, and any juniper or other conifer, Hydrangea will thrive just outside the drip line, and the acidity will actually turn their flowers bluer.

How do you keep blue spruce blue?

Apply a chelated iron-rich fertilizer if a blue spruce develops a yellow or yellow-green color. A shortage of iron will cause the needles of a blue spruce to lose their blue coloration. The fertilizer will replace the depleted iron and help the needles regain their blue color.

How can I make my blue spruce grow faster?

Overfertilizing to create faster growth oftem makes a tree sacrifice defenses, making it more susceptible to diseases and insects. A layer of organic mulch or better yet compost, under these trees will help them establish well. Also be sure they are receiving sufficent water.

What animals eat blue spruce trees?


Red squirrels and grouse may eat new buds, black bears and porcupines sometimes nibble the bark, while deer and rabbits browse young shoots. With their bushy character, spruces provide birds with great protection from the cold winter winds and snow, and a place to hide from predators and to make nests.

What is the fastest growing evergreen tree?

Eastern white pine and green giant arborvitae are some of the fastest-growing evergreens. Each add on about 2 feet every year!

How much is a Colorado blue spruce?

Picea pungens
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