Picea engelmannii ‘Shades of Blue’

This intense blue Engelmann spruce broom was found in the Cascade Mountain range of the Pacific Northwest, between Yakima and Mt Rainier, on a forest service road. Must have driven past it 50+ times before discovering it one day when the light was hitting it just right!

Beautiful Engelmann spruce broom perched on a branch waiting to be discovered.
‘Shades of Blue’ Engelmann perched nicely on a branch and waiting to be discovered!
Mike harvesting Picea engelmanni broom 'Shades of Blue' in November 2019.
Harvest time 2019…elk hunting season, orange required !
Cheryl admiring and photographing freshly harvested Engelmann broom.
Engelmann spruce broom cultivar waiting to be grafted!
Beautiful Engelmann spruce broom has dense growth pattern and intense shades of blue.
Picea engelmannii ‘Shades of Blue’ resembles a sitka!