Picea pungens 'Skyline' / Skyline Colorado spruce

Picea pungens 'Skyline' is a fast-growing, upright weeping form of Colorado spruce with a sinuous leader and strictly pendulous branches holding sky Blue needles that are particularly stunning with spring's first push of growth. After 10 years, a mature plant will measure 12 to 18 feet (4 - 6 m) tall and 3 feet (1 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 12 to 18 inches (30 - 45 cm). Older plants will develop an attractive "skirt" of branching around the base of the trunk. It is recommended to stake young plants until apical dominance is established; from that point, the plant will continue skyward without assistance.

This cultivar originated as a unique unnamed plant selected in the mid-1990s by Greg Williams of Wolcott, Vermont. Greg found the original tree growing at Skyline Nursery, Springfield, Vermont.

Picea pungens 'Skyline' — one of the original propagations in a private garden in Vermont.
Photo by Don Avery
Skyline purchased from Cady’s Fall Nursery, Vermont. Growth to 18 inches from about 11 inches in 2016.
Photo by Dana Davis