Picea glauca 'Sander's Blue' / Sander's Blue white spruce

Picea glauca 'Sander's Blue' is a narrow upright blue form of dwarf Alberta spruce. This blue plant color is variable. It usually starts out very blue when young and juvenile and starts turning green as it gets older. On older plants it produces a nice tapestry effect between the Blue and green needles.

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 3 feet (1 m) tall and 2 feet (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 3 to 4 inches (15 - 20 cm).

'Sander's Blue' is an attractive, slate-blue form of the Alberta Spruce. With age, the Blue colors mix with green giving a wonderful multi-color effect. Plant this form wherever your garden needs some relief from plain, green foliage. Blends well with all conifers and perennials for companion or as a novel focal point.

This cultivar originated as a color sport of a specimen of 'Conica', found by an individual named Sanders. Iseli Nursery of Boring Oregon received propagation material in the late 70s and went about introducing it to the nursery trade shortly thereafter.

Picea glauca 'Sanders Blue' Plant in July at Stanley & Sons Nursery, Oregon, USA.
Photo by Stephen Grubb
Picea glauca 'Sander's Blue' This plant is 12 years of age growing in the Heartland Collection, Clinton, IA
Photo by Chub Harper
Photo taken during summer 2002 at Plant Delights in North Carolina, USA.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea glauca 'Sander's Blue' The Harper Collection of Dwarf & Rare Conifers located at Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton, MI. Photo taken August of 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Picea glauca 'Sander's Blue' This photo was taken at Bickelhaupt Arboretum located in Clinton, IA.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Picea glauca 'Sanders Blue' — an older specimen on the grounds of the UW-Madison Arboretum.
Photo by Amy Nasr