Picea engelmannii ‘Big Sky’

Picea engelmannii ‘Big Sky’

About Picea engelmannii ‘Big Sky’: This Engelmann spruce broom was one of 7 specimens discovered and collected in Montana. We found the brooms on a road trip in October 2014 to attend a friend’s wedding. No great vacation is complete without finding at least one broom!

Engelmann spruce broom
Picea engelmannii ‘Big Sky’ broom

Mike returned in February 2015 to harvest scions.

Engelmann spruce broom scions.

Picea engelmannii ‘Big Sky’ scions

See all the cute little cones that had fallen from the Engelmann spruce tree on to the ground!

Picea engelmannii 'Big Sky' spring growth
Picea engelmannii ‘Big Sky’ with spring push

The long trip was worth it! 8 years later, Picea engelmannii ‘Big Sky’ is a beautiful little globose cultivar with a nice growth pattern and colorful blue needles!

Picea engelmannii 'Big Sky' with 6 years growth
Picea engelmannii ‘Big Sky’ with 6 years growth

Hopefully the new cultivar “Big Sky’ some day will also produce cones like it’s parent!