Picea pungens 'Pali' / Pali Colorado spruce

Picea pungens 'Pali' is a true miniature selection of Colorado spruce with very short congested branching and nicely colored short, muted Blue needles. In contrast with many other dwarf Colorado spruces, 'Pali' consistently maintains and nice, compact globose shape and is an excellent choice for grafting high on a "standard." After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 inches (30 cm) tall and wide or less, an annual growth rate of 1 inch (2.5 cm) or less.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the mid-1970s by Pál Lengyel at Perintkert Nursery, Gencsapáti, Hungary. This conifer is relatively rare in American collections but its diminutive growth and good looks make it worth seeking out. It performs well in hot sun without suffering sun scald.

Picea pungens 'Pali' in the Flora Wonder Arboretum, Gaston, Oregon.
Photo by David Olszyk