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Picea pungens

Common Name: Blue Spruce
Family: Pinaceae 


Collection Number: 228
Entry Author: K. Rice
Description: Straight trunk with broadly conic crown.
Needles: Sharp and extending at right angles with a dull dark green to blue-green color.
Cones: 3 in. long with narrow scales.
Bark: Gray-brown.
Branching Pattern: Branches slightly to strongly drooping; twigs not pendent, stout, yellow-brown, usually glabrous. 
Height: 70-90 Ft.
Life Span: Maximum ages of 600 years.
Zone: 3 to 7
Conditions/Habitat/Kind of Forest: Has the ability to withstand drought and extremes of temperatures.
Range: USA: Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.
Ecological Interactions: Known to appeal to birds, mammals, butterflies and other beneficial insects, and they will meet one or more of an animal's basic needs.
Conservation Status-US/ World Wide: Low risk of becoming endangered.
Uses (Human): Thanks to its cold hardiness and waxy foliage, which assumes a distinct blue hue in some cultivars, this is among the most widely planted ornamental spruces.


Gymnosperm Database, University of Bonn

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species  

University of Delaware Botanic Gardens, Picea pungens

Harlow, William M., Harrar, Ellwood S., and White, Fred M. (1979). Textbook of Dendrology Covering the Important Forest Trees of the United States and Canada. New York. McGraw-Hill Book Company.


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