Picea engelmannii 'Blue Magoo' / Blue Magoo Engelmann Spruce

Picea engelmannii 'Blue Magoo' is an intermediate-growing upright selection of Engelmann spruce with short gray-Blue needles and a dense symmetrical branching structure. This plant is particularly striking in the early spring, as its bright, teal Blue, lush new growth appears to weep or droop before eventually stiffening to more typical form in summer. After 10 years, a specimen will be considered mature at 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and 4 feet (1.2 m) wide, a rate of growth approaching 12 inches (30 cm) per year.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1986 by Buchholz Nursery, Gaston, Oregon. It is part if that nursery's Flora Wonder™ collection. This extremely hardy plant is appropriate for any large garden or landscape.

Picea engelmannii 'Blue Magoo' — a closeup of foliage detail during spring flush.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea engelmannii 'Blue Magoo' — a nice young specimen.
Photo by Bill Barger


Donna Sawyer

ive purchased a magoo, and it has very bright reddish orange branches on it, but the rest of the tree looks so healthy and beautiful. are the red needled branches diseased? im afraid to bring it home as i have many beautiful specimen evergreens. im to pick it up tomorrow. does anyone know if its one of the diseases it gets. why would the nursery even sell it if its diseased??