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Here is one of the bluest blues of the Blue spruces. It is Colorado Blue Spruce ' Fat Albert' or Picea pungens 'Fat Albert'. It was introduced by Iseli Nursery of Boring, Oregon, USA, in the 80's and is probably the most popular of the Spruce cultivars. 

The ‘Fat Albert’ spruce is noted for its dense, broad, upright shape, a perfect cone, its closely-spaced, ascending branches and, most notably, its striking steel blue needles. Oblong cones, 2-4 inches long, are greenish when young, maturing to light brown.

At ten years 'Fat Albert' is typically 10 feet tall by 8 feet wide though it can slowly reach 30 feet tall where soil conditions are right. Its growth rate is approximately 12 inches per year. Rich, well-drained soil, proper watering, and yearly fertilizer will yield a small to medium sized healthy tree. Cold hardiness is no problem, as 'Fat Albert' can take temperatures of 40-50 degrees below zero. Its only real limitation is heat tolerance as it cannot stand long hot summers. The eliminates it from the palettes of the American Gulf Coast and most of Australia. It does exceedingly well however throughout most of North America including much of Canada, the UK and temperate Australia and New Zealand.

Fat Albert blue spruce

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