Picea pungens 'FAT ALBERT'

Picea pungens
Picea pungens 'FAT ALBERT'
Colorado spruce
SIZE/TYPE taller shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1.5-4m
USUAL WIDTH 1.5-3m
LEAVES evergreen conifer
COLOUR OF LEAVES silvery-blue
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 3   (down to -40°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Conifers
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Although Colorado spruce originates in the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the USA, it has been in wide cultivation in Europe and its colder regions. Fat Albert is a US selection introduced by the Iseli Nurseries in 1981. It was named after a character from the cartoon series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, obviously with Bill Cosby’s voice.

Fat Albert Colorado spruce is a well-behaved boy that is a little fat. It grows symmetrically, rather slowly, into a conical shape with a fat base. The needles are bright steel blue and cover the branches all around. They are evergreen, prickly, and do fall off in older age. It grows some 20-30 cm per year and is evenly branched without any significant pruning. Young plants shoot up the central leader, using most of their energy for growing lower branches first, hence its reference to “fat”, any only later producing more lateral branches along the leader. Trimming, however, is possible – best in early spring. Mature plants are expected to reach about 4m.

Spruce is widely soil adaptable provided the soil is well-drained. It likes neutral to slightly acidic soil and full sun. No fertilizing is necessary. Fully hardy to about -40°C (USDA zone 3).

Last update 09-02-2013
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Picea pungens height 100-125 cm
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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