Picea engelmannii 'Good Sport' / Good Sport Engelmann spruce

Picea engelmannii 'Good Sport' #31 is a dwarf conical selection of Engelmann spruce with exceptionally thick needles and branchlets. Foliage is a frosty gray green in color and branch structure is uniform with strong apical dominance. Typical rate of growth in most areas is 1.5 to 2 inches (3 - 5 cm) per year, maturing as a small tree 2 feet (60 cm) tall and wide after 10 years in the garden.

This cultivar originated as a natural dwarf tree found in the wild by Jerry Morris on Squaw Pass on Colorado's front range. He originally assigned it the provisional name, Picea engelmannii [#31], later renaming it with an aptly descriptive name. A nomenclature purist would list this plant as Picea engelmannii 'Good Sport' #31.

Picea engelmannii 'Good Sport' #31 — a nice tight young specimen.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea engelmannii 'Good Sport' #31 — an historic photo of the original plant in Colorado.
Photo by Nathan Cassell