Avatar Blue Spruce

Picea pungens 'Avatar'

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Avatar Blue Spruce (Picea pungens 'Avatar') at Tree Top Nursery & Landscaping

Avatar Blue Spruce

Avatar Blue Spruce

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Avatar Blue Spruce (Picea pungens 'Avatar') at Tree Top Nursery & Landscaping

Avatar Blue Spruce foliage

Avatar Blue Spruce foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2b

Other Names:  Blue Colorado Spruce;Colorado Blue Spruce

Brand:  Iseli


A medium-sized spire-shaped evergreen accent tree with tiered branches and exceptionally lush, true blue needles; very showy, colorful, and an ideal size for home landscape use; extremely hardy and rugged

Ornamental Features

Avatar Blue Spruce is primarily valued in the landscape for its distinctively pyramidal habit of growth. It has attractive blue foliage with hints of silver which emerges powder blue in spring. The needles are highly ornamental and remain blue throughout the winter. The rough gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Avatar Blue Spruce is a dense evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Avatar Blue Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Avatar Blue Spruce will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Articulation 
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features