Picea pungens 'Chip's Catch' / Chip's Catch Colorado spruce

Picea pungens 'Chip's Catch' is a cute, speading dwarf selection of Colorado spruce which, with age will develop a short terminal leader, becoming a squat conical shrublet. It prickly needles are a unique light bluish green and its overall structure is fairly dense and quite compact. After 10 years in the garden a mature specimen will be 12 to 18 inches (30 - 45 cm) tall and 24 inches (60 cm) wide, a annual rate of growth of about 1.5 inches (4 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in 199 by Jerry Morris of Lakewood, Colorado. It's provisional name was Picea pungens [#106], which means that 'Chip's Catch' was the 106th Colorado spruce broom that Jerry found and named.

Picea pungens 'Chip's Catch' at the Smits pinetum, Volkel, The Netherlands.
Photo by Edwin Smits