Hey, hey, hey! It's Fat Albert...Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens 'Fat Albert')! Ok. We may have just dated ourselves with that, but we couldn't resist. Great TV cartoon character, even greater landscape tree.
Just as the name suggests, this is a thick, full, chunky evergreen tree that is made to fill up empty corners and bare spots.
You'll enjoy the geometric precision combined with the bold blue color! With a perfect, broad pyramidal shape. Fat Albert even makes the perfect living Christmas Tree to decorate each year.
Fat Albert Colorado Blue Spruce tree features blue needles and a superior, rich, blue color. The gorgeous, silvery-blue gives a wonderfully cool visual relief and partners well with many other plants.
You'll love this tree, and you won't be the only one. Spruce trees provide wonderful shelter for local songbirds to nest in.
New growth in spring emerges with the best blue color. You'll soon see the famous powdery Colorado Blue glaucous coating develop as the needles mature. The silvery, rich-blue needles hold really well all year-long.
Fat Albert has the classic blue-green needles of a Blue Spruce tree, but not nearly the height. You can use it in your front yard, in borders, or to hide an eyesore.
Use a row of them to create a fantastic screen, windbreak or sound barrier. This is also a great choice for a living Christmas Tree, covered in lights and snow in your yard.
Fat Albert looks great with any other Conifer, Pine or Evergreen. Try it in a rock garden or as the focal point of your front yard flower bed.
Use several of them to create a formal accent, or plant a single tree as a magnificent specimen accent. With symmetrically tiered branches and a strong profile, Fat Albert Blue brings a critical sense of structure to your landscape design.
Try one in the lawn to block the view into a window. Or, plant them strategically near the patio, in a side yard or along the back fence to create privacy your whole family will enjoy.
Fat Albert Colorado Blue Spruce is an extremely hardy tree and shows tolerance of many different soil types, including challenging alkaline and clay soils. It easily tolerates urban pollution, road salts, and oceanside salt spray.
For best results, a Fat Alberts ideal conditions are in a location with full sun, and in soil that drains well. They tolerate no standing water, so plant in a raised mound heaped 18 inches high if you need to improve drainage.
Give a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. After they are established, Fat Albert Blue Spruce has great drought tolerance and are recommended on many xeriscape lists, but we recommend protecting your investment with supplemental water as needed.
Mulch to keep the root system cool in the hot summer. Avoid shaded locations, as this will affect the depth of the blue hue and result in fewer needles or bare limbs.
Fat Albert is disease and pest-free and requires no pruning, so makes a great choice for commercial plantings.
Always keep the bottom branches on the tree for the most attractive look. Remove grass underneath to protect bottom branches from lawnmower damage.
This is a very hardy tree that even shakes off roadway salt. It looks great year-round with no coddling necessary.
As you can imagine, Fat Albert Colorado Blue Spruce trees are in high demand. Our expert growers ensure that each plant has identical color and form. Please call as soon as you see them in stock, as they are at a high risk of selling out. Fat Albert Blue Spruce is a perfect addition to any sized garden. Order yours from Nature Hills today!
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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|#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|
|#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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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Picea pungens 'Fat Albert'|
|Mature Height||30 - 40 feet|
|Mature Spread||15 - 20 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Moisture||Additional water when dry|