Picea pungens Pinaceae
Colorado Spruce PI-see-a PUN-jenz
- Conifer, evergreen tree, 30-60(135) ft [9-18(41) m] tall, dense, narrow to broad pyramid, stiff horizontal
branches to the ground, formal in outline. Needles spreading more or less all around the stem,
more crowded above, stiff, stout, very prickly, 2-3 cm long, 4-sided, stomatic lines on each side, acid taste
when chewed. Cones cylindrical, 5-10 long, light brown, scales thin, flexible. Seeds dark
brown, about 2 mm long.
- Sun. Prefers rich, moist soil, but very adaptable. More drought tolerant than
- Hardy to USDA Zone 3 Native to the Rocky Mountains; Colorado, Wyoming to
- The color of the species, Picea pungens, varies from drab green to bright silvery blue. The silvery-blue forms, Picea pungens var. glauca, are essentially the only
ones selected for the ornamentals nursery trade. Many cultivars have been
selected from this general form and are propagated by grafting.
- pungens: sharp pointed.
- Corvallis: Northwest corner of Franklin Park, 16th St. and Taylor Ave.