Picea pungens 'Fat Albert'
Common Name: Colorado spruce
Type: Needled evergreen
Family: Pinaceae
Zone: 3 to 7
Height: 10.00 to 15.00 feet
Spread: 7.00 to 10.00 feet
Bloom Time: Non-flowering
Bloom Description: Non-flowering
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Leaf: Colorful, Evergreen
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer, Drought, Air Pollution


Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Prefers rich, moist soils.

Noteworthy Characteristics

This Colorado spruce cultivar is noted for its (a) dense, broad, upright pyramidal shape (a perfect cone), (b) closely-spaced, ascending branches and (c) steel blue needle color. Grows slowly (12"+ per year) to 10-15' tall (typically 10' by 7' in 10 years). Oblong cones (2-4" long) are greenish when young, maturing to light brown. This cultivar (introduced in the late 1970s by Iseli Nursery) was named after comedian Bill Cosby's fictional character of the same name.


No serious insect or disease problems. Susceptible to aphids (particularly spruce gall aphid), budworms and spider mites.

Garden Uses

Excellent specimen. Also effective in groups. Foundation plantings. Borders.