Do Fat Albert Blue Spruce remain blue-green? - Knowledgebase Question

Danville, CA
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Question by dwcoco
June 11, 2006
I am considering eith a Fat Albert Blue Spruce, or an Iseli Foxtail Spruce. At a nursery, I notice that only the new growth appeared to be blue-green and the old growth had faded to green.

Is this normal for the Fat Albert & the Foxtail spruces ?

Thank you,

Answer from NGA
June 11, 2006
The foliage on Blue spruce's have a waxy coating called a bloom. As long as the weather isn't too hot (which will dissolve the coating), and you don't spray horticultural oil on the spruce, it should retain its blue coloring for quite some time. Naturally, the bloom will weather away after a few years which is why the oldest needles will look more green than blue. Hope this answers your question!

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