Blue Spruce

A hint of blue and a great scent too

🙁 We're all out of Blue Spruces this year! But, if you're after a beautiful bushy tree with a smashing scent, check out the Norway Spruce.


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Although at its ‘bluest’ in the spring, the Blue Spruce will still often have a blue tinge at Christmas time. This tree also has a beautiful Christmassy scent. The needles are slightly longer than the Norway spruce, and it also has better needle retention. It’s important to note that the Blue Spruce has fairly sharp needles, so this may not be the best tree if you have young children. They will keep the cat off the tree, though! Read more.

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Height guide

Companies and growers measure Christmas trees in lots of ways, so on our website we’ve tried to keep it relatively simple: our measurements in feet are a minimum height to the top of the tree. So, if you order a 6ft tree it will be at least 6ft from the base of the trunk to the tippy top – typically, it will be a bit taller. Don’t forget to account for this potential extra height – sometimes up to 1.5ft for taller trees.

The long bit on the top of the tree (where you put your star or fairy) is called the ‘leader’. This can be quite long on some trees and much shorter on others – just natural variance – so growers account for this when measuring by taking a height to halfway up the leader (halfway between the top set of branches and the top of the tree). Just to confuse things a bit further, the industry standard is centimetre ranges. Here’s a handy conversion:

If I order a… Height to halfway up leader:
4ft tree 125-150cm
5ft tree 150-175cm
6ft tree 175-200cm
7ft tree 200-225cm
8ft tree 225-250cm
9ft tree 250-300cm


With natural products it’s not a perfect science, so these ranges act as a guide and your tree may be a little outside of the ranges in either direction.


If you’re putting your tree in any sort of stand, that will add some height to the tree, so don’t forget to factor it in to the overall measurement! If you need a stand, we sell them here.

Tree width

Bear in mind that the taller your tree, the wider it will be at the base. Nordman Firs and Norway Spruces in particular get quite big and bushy as they get taller, so make sure you’ve got space!

Rich, sweet scent
Silvery-blue tinge
Good needle retention
Comments From Happy Buyers

5 reviews for Blue Spruce

  1. Geoff Bard (verified owner)

    Great Blue Spruce delivered by midday on requested day.
    Obviously freshly cut from the wonderful smell.
    Very satisfied, will order again in 2014

  2. Carol stevens (verified owner)

    This is the 3rd year of ordering my Beautiful Blue Spruce from send me a Christmas tree. I’m very pleased and shall continue to order year after year.

  3. B Cooper (verified owner)

    The best tree we have ever had!

    So easy to order and delivered on time as requested – 100% recommend, we shall definitely order again – removes one of the tasks of getting ready for Christmas by having the tree delivered.

  4. Beks (verified owner)

    Best tree I ever had. Delivery was easy. Sadly too late to get it this year so have had to get something else.

  5. Graham W

    Arrived this morning, well protected for transportation to Norfolk. I was amazed that it was such a strong healthy tree, you guys grow and nurture to a very high standard. It’s now planted in my garden in full view.from the sitting room window and forms a brand new part of the rural Norfolk scenery. Really pleased.

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{We had a lovely tree last year, selected Nordman Fir for a baby’s first Christmas on the company’s advice, and it lived up to their claims, was a good shape and reasonably priced (especially considering that named-day delivery is included). Happy to order again this year.
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Tree Guide: Blue Spruce

The Blue Spruce (Picea Pungens) is for life, not just for Christmas. By that we mean it’s a pretty popular tree amongst keen gardeners the world over. Also called the Colorado Blue Spruce, this tree hails from over the pond; it’s native to the Rocky Mountains and grows naturally in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Montana. Unless you call those fine states home, you’ll most likely have seen it growing as an ornamental tree in parks or gardens.


You might’ve guessed that the needles on this tree have a blue-ish colour. We say blue-ish because the colour can vary a fair amount; some trees will have a striking blue appearance, some are more silvery-blue, some bluey-green and some much more green with a hint of blueness. You’ll see in the gallery below two examples growing side by side that have fairly different colours.

It’s Latin name, Picea Pungens, might make you think it’s named for it’s strong smell. If so, tut tut, you need to brush up on your Latin. Pungens actually means ‘pricking’ or ‘puncturing’, and it’s a pretty apt name – the needles on a Blue Spruce are extremely sharp. Even Farmer Tom, with hands tough and weathered beyond his years, will tend to stick a pair of gloves on when handling a Blue Spruce.

The tree does have a great smell too, though. Similar to the Norway Spruce, it’s a piney smell – very fresh and perhaps a touch sweeter than the Norway Spruce.

The Blue Spruce is relatively slow-growing and will only reach up to around 23m. It grows in a conical shape, with the strong branches reaching horizontally outward.

Identifying a Blue Spruce isn’t too hard – look for the colour and also the thick, sharp, rigid needles. Fresh needles (new growth) will often have a white powdery coating, which gives the trees a silvery appearance from a distance. It’s also the reason that the Blue Spruce can appear to be it’s bluest around Spring and Summer, with it being a bit darker green later in the season.

Christmas Tree Credentials

Most people choose the Blue Spruce because it’s unusual colour offers something different from your typical Christmas tree. It’s also popular for it’s:

  • Great piney scent
  • Medium needle retention (better than Norway Spruce, not as good as Nordman Fir).
  • Firm, strong branches (great for hanging decorations on).
  • Spiky needles if you think that’s a good way to keep the pets off it

Because of the sharp needles, it’s not a great choice if you have toddlers about the house.

Farmer Tom Says:

"If you want something a bit different, the Blue Spruce is a spectacular Christmas tree."
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