Colorado Blue Spruce is a medium to large, narrow, pyramidal conifer with horizontal branching to the ground. It typically grows 30 to 60 feet tall in cultivation, but may reach 100 feet or more where it grows naturally. It is native to the central Rocky Mountains from southern Montana and eastern Idaho south to New Mexico where it is typically found growing in moist locations from 6000 to 11,000 feet in elevation. Stiff, bristly, four-angled, green to blue-green to silver-blue needles (to 1 1/2 inches long) point outward from the branches in all directions. Cylindrical light brown cones, to 4 inches long, have flexible scales. Dark gray bark furrows on mature trees. Leaf: Evergreen needles, 3/4 to 1 1/4 inches long, stiff and very sharp (spine-like), displayed nearly straight out from twig, silvery blue to dark green. Strong acidic taste. Each needle borne on a raised, woody peg (sterigma). Flower: Monoecious; males emerge reddish purple and ripen to yellow-brown, scattered throughout trees; females purple, upright, in tops of the trees. Other Names: Colorado Spruce Zone: 2 to 7 Growth Rate: Slow Plant Type: Blue Needled evergreen conifer Family: Pinaceae Native Range: Southern Rocky Mountains, United States Height: 30 to 60 feet Spread: 10 to 20 feet Shape: Pyramidal Sun: Full Sun Fall Color: Evergreen Drought Tolerance: Moderate to High Water: Medium Maintenance: Low Scarify: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours Stratify: Cold 0-30 days, 40 Degrees F in a Moist Medium (Not wet). Germination: Sow 1/8", Keep moist (Not wet). Seed germinates best under cool spring temperatures.
A beautiful pine tree
Grows to about 60 feet