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Zafiro Colorado Spruce

Picea pungens 'Zafiro'

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Zafiro Colorado Spruce (Picea pungens 'Zafiro') at River Street Flowerland

Zafiro Colorado Spruce

Zafiro Colorado Spruce

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Zafiro Colorado Spruce (Picea pungens 'Zafiro') at River Street Flowerland

Zafiro Colorado Spruce foliage

Zafiro Colorado Spruce foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  8 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Blue Colorado Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce

Brand:  Iseli


This selection has bright blue color and a slow growth rate, perfect for gardens with limited space; this small form of the Colorado Blue Spruce requires little maintenance to maintain its tidy conical form

Ornamental Features

Zafiro Colorado Spruce has attractive silvery blue foliage. The needles are highly ornamental and remain silvery blue throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Zafiro Colorado Spruce is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. 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.

Zafiro Colorado Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Zafiro Colorado Spruce will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub 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  Massing  Garden 
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features