Picea pungens 'Lucretia' / Lucretia Colorado spruce

Picea pungens 'Lucretia' is a dense, flattened globose selection of Colorado spruce with nice symmetrical branching and thick silvery Blue foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 2 feet (60 cm) tall and 3 feet (90 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected from a nursery stock bed by Colorado's Bob Moore, who later brought it to Marshall Nursery, Lakewood, Colorado, where it was planted around 1950. It was special then and grew there until sometime in the late 1970’s. Gill Hall wanted to save this conifer for propagation and grafted a few. Jerry Morris also propagated some in the mid-1960s and confirms that the original tree is still alive. Jerry says that It always grows very thick and even the old needles stay a very special Blue in color. He relates, "the last I remember the original tree it was about 18-20 feet tall, very thick and special.

Picea pungens 'Lucretia' growing in a nursery display garden in Czech Republic.
Photo by Miroslav Malik
Picea pungens 'Lucretia' — a large, well-grown specimen at the Flora Wonder Arboretum, Gaston, Oregon.
Photo by Talon Buchholz
Picea pungens 'Lucretia' — a closeup detailing shoot color.
Photo by Talon Buchholz