Columnar Blue Spruce

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Compact, Colorful Columnar Blue Spruce

  • Dramatic Silver-Blue Color
  • Striking Upright Form
  • No Pruning or Maintenance
  • Bird Friendly
  • Cold Hardy

So you're in love with the idea of having a Spruce tree in your landscape, and why not? Spruce are some of the most beautiful evergreen trees around, with their gorgeous, steely-blue colored needles.

But Colorado Spruce is a commitment. It can and will grow very large and wide. This variety is different. It grows tall enough to create an impact but stays narrow enough to fit just about anywhere.

Columnar Blue Spruce (Picea pungens var. glauca 'Fastigiata') is a selection of a native tree that was chosen because of its narrow, upright form. You won't have to sacrifice any of the color or interest you crave if you select this lovely tree.

The beautiful needles emerge each spring with a fantastic powdery blue coating. The fastigiate branching is held tightly upright close to the main trunk, which really gives the tree a crisp, alert appearance.

If space is limited, and you simply don't have room for the classic "Christmas Tree" shape of Colorado Spruce, then Columnar Blue Spruce is your answer. This smaller version of the classic Blue Spruce is just what you need to give you the look that you want without having to worry about it taking up all of your precious garden space.

It has a fantastic look that fits into a myriad of different garden design styles from very formal, to rustic and even contemporary. The final look will depend on the styling and the plants you partner it with.

Others are shopping for this lovely tree. If you want it in your garden and it's in stock, please order today. We will run out of this popular variety, so go ahead and order from us today!

How to Use Columnar Blue Spruce in the Landscape

This well-kempt tree makes the most incredible vertical specimen for a sunny location.

Columnar Blue Spruce looks great in any garden setting and gives you an instant hit of fabulous blue color all year long. It will work equally well with Ornamental Grasses, Coneflowers and Black-Eyed Susans as it would to give structure and form near groundcover Roses or Hydrangeas.

Need privacy, but don't have any extra room? Plant 5 feet apart (measured from trunk to trunk) to create a tight grouping with the branches touching. Use several together to screen off a narrow space like a patio area or side yard.

A screen like this can also block the worst of the prevailing winter winds in a windbreak. Site it about 50 feet away from your house on the north or northwest side of your house.

Columnar Blue Spruce look great at the back of a perennial or mixed shrub border. Use as a "Sentry" on either side of a door or gateway. They are also wonderful when placed at the start of a special garden path.

Imaging being able to decorate your living tree for Christmas. Where could you see it from inside the house? Create a vignette or scene to enjoy each year.

Birds take shelter in it, so you might site a collection of bird feeders nearby. Place Viburnum or Hedge Cotoneaster shrubs nearby and feed the birds fruit. Or use a graceful partner tree, like Serviceberry to give delicious color contrast in spring and autumn.

Play with contrasting textures and form by pairing it with spreading evergreen groundcover Junipers or Golden Mop False Cypress shrubs. Trust us, this tree will work with any other evergreen or any of your perennials. There simply isn't any plant that won't look good next to it.

#ProPlantTips for Care

These useful, beautiful trees never need pruning, but always look pruned. They'll perform best in full sun.

They can handle the cold, too.

Easy to transplant and easy to grow, this selection of Blue Spruce is striking. It never really needs maintenance of any kind once it has established in your yard. Well drained soil is preferred, but it will perform in just about any soil except standing water.

Mulch all around the tree, but don't let the mulch touch the trunk.

It will eventually have some drought tolerance, but you should check for water regularly in the first year. Use the "Finger Test" to determine if your tree needs moisture. Simply stick your finger into the soil around the roots up to the 2nd knuckle.

If it feels dry, give it a long drink so that the ground around it becomes saturated. If it's moist, skip watering and check again the next day.

As a young plant, they stay quite narrow, only three feet or so, and ten feet or so high. Each year, they'll add another few inches up but will maintain the narrow form for a very long time.

Order today. A tree this beautiful and narrow will sell out quickly.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Columnar Blue Spruce Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-7
Growing Zones 4-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Picea pungens var.glauca 'Fastigiata'
Mature Height 20 - 40 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well drained
Moisture Additional water when dry
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Color Evergreen
Foliage Evergreen
Foliage Color Powdery blue
Pollinator Friendly Yes