picea pungens 'fat albert'

Fat Albert Colorado Blue Spruce

With a beautiful sliver-blue color and characteristically stout shape, there is nothing like the Fat Albert.


  • Tolerates: Air Pollution, Deer, Moderate Drought Tolerance, Rabbit
  • Sun: Full Sun
  • Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Spread (Min): 7
  • Spread (Max): 10
  • Height (Min): 7
  • Height (Max): 15


Known as the ‘Fat Albert’ or Colorado Spruce, this magnificent specimen can be easily identified by its blue-green to silver-blue bristly needles. Its wide stance and dense foliage make for an effective border tree on its own or lined up in groups.

  • Steel Blue color
  • Upright pyramidal shape
  • Dense and broad filling
  • Produces oblong cones

Appearance: Slow-growing, pyramidal evergreen tree that matures at a height between 10 and 15 feet tall, and 7 to 10 feet wide.

Planting Location: Full sun. Moist soil.

Uses on Property: Excellent privacy or border tree.

This strong and hardy tree prefers rich, moist soils and sunlight. It is easily grown in average, acidic, medium moisture soils in the full sun. In its early years, the soil surrounding the tree is best kept consistently moist but once established, the plant becomes drought tolerant.

The ‘Fat Albert’ Colorado Spruce is native to the central Rocky Mountains from southern Montana and eastern Idaho south to New Mexico where it is found in cool and moist elevated conditions.

  • Plant Hardiness Zones: 3 – 7
  • Mature Width: 7 – 10
  • Mature Height: 10 – 15
  • Soil Conditions: Well-drained, medium moisture
  • Sunlight: Full Sun
  • Drought Tolerance: Medium

The Colorado Spruce was introduced by the Iseli Nursery in the late 1970s. It is a product of natural crossing among blue spruces. The nickname ‘Fat Albert’ comes from its resemblance of the short and stalky cartoon character’s physique.