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Picea pungens 'Fat Albert'

Description

Picea pungens 'Fat Albert' is easily grown . Established plants have some drought tolerance, however soil should be kept consistently moist in the early years. This shrub prefers cool and moist climates and will struggle in the heat and humidity of some southern states. They are typically found in elevations from 6000 feet to 11000 feet.  Where it grows naturally, it can reach heights of up to 100 feet.

'Fat Albert' is noted for its (a) dense, broad, upright pyramidal shape (a perfect cone), (b) closely-spaced, ascending branches and (c) steel blue needle color. 

'Fat Albert' which is non-flowering, has oblong green 2" to 4" cones when young.  As the shrub matures the cones turn light brown.

This plant is susceptible to needle cast, canker and rust. Aphids (particularly spruce gall aphids), scale, budworms and bagworms can also be an issue. Spider mite invasions can cause significant problems with new growth and overall tree health.

Cultivars:
  • Fat Albert
    Named after Bill Cosby's fictional character
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#specimen#winter interest#rabbit resistant#air pollution tolerant#border#cpp#deer resistant#foundation planting#group
Cultivars:
  • Fat Albert
    Named after Bill Cosby's fictional character
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#specimen#winter interest#rabbit resistant#air pollution tolerant#border#cpp#deer resistant#foundation planting#group
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Picea
    Species:
    pungens
    Family:
    Pinaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Rocky mountains from southern Montana and eastern Idaho and sout
    Dimensions:
    Height: 8 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 7 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Horizontal
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Leaf Feel:
    Prickly
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Steel blue needles
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Gray
    Bark Description:
    Dark gray bark furrown on mature trees
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Rabbits