This is a beautiful tree when it can be ground properly without disease. Unfortunately, it is very susceptible to a stem canker that disfigures the tree. If you select this tree in the eastern US, plant only a few to prevent disappointment should disease strike. The tree grows best in rich, moist soil, and will benefit from mulch placed out to the edge of the canopy. Irrigation in dry weather also helps. Best growth occurs in full sun. Trees tolerate clay soil and occasionally wet soil very well. Colorado Spruce casts dense shade when branched to the ground, so no grass grows beneath it. Good survival in ice storms. This cultivar varies in form, but many are prostrate.
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