Blue Spruce

The Colorado Blue Spruce is a natural inhabitant of forests and mountain valleys in the western United States of America. A popular tree (not a poplar tree!) used for landscaping worldwide and used as a windbreak, Picea pungens is a beautiful looking Conifer.

Blue Spruce trees at maturity range anywhere from 60 to 100 feet tall, some reaching as tall as 150 feet! Colorado Blue Spruce used in landscapingFrom top to bottom this Spruce has stiff horizontal branches spreading 10 to 20 feet in diameter and the trunk, up to 5 feet in diameter. The Colorado Blue Spruce, P. pungens, is a slow growing tree but with the right conditions
and conservation can grow quite large. Spruce trees are used all around the country and even grown internationally. Harvested for wood in the western portion of the nation, the trees main commercial use is for the sale of Christmas trees.

The needles of the Colorado Spruce are primarily concentrated above the stem, approximately 1 inch in length and brutally sharp. Blue Spruce needlesThey consist of 4 sides with 6 stomatal lines on each side allowing for gas exchange (to learn more click here). These needles are blue, blue-green in color sometimes with almost a silver tint to them and very rigid.

Welcome to this website devoted to the beautiful Blue Spruce. I hope you find it helpful and interesting, as I enjoyed making it. Links on the left of the page will help you to navigate your way into the life of a Spruce.