Picea pungens 'Regal Chub' / Regal Chub Colorado spruce

Picea pungens 'Regal Chub' is a low mounding cushion of short, bluish green prickly needles. It appears to be a good plant for miniature landscapes and trough gardens. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 inches (30 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 1 inch (2.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in the late 1990s by Jerry Morris of Lakewood, Colorado, who found the original broom in a meadow near a lake in the vicinity of Golden, CO. He later named his find for Chub Harper, a friend and fellow broom-hunter.

This conifer is sometimes seen mistakenly listed as 'Charming Chub' which is a selection of white fir (Abies concolor).

Picea pungens 'Regal Chub' — a photo from Chub Harper's private garden, taken in 2006. That plant shown was about 7 years of age when it was taken. (Name on the plant tag is incorrect - it is 'Regal Chub').
Photo by Dax Herbst