Picea pungens (Colorado blue spruce)

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Key Characteristics

  • Leaves are alternate, needle shaped, square shaped, borne on sterigmata, pale green or blue with a white glaucus bloom, spiraling around the twig, they are characteristically sharp
  • Buds form little tan rosettes
  • Fruit is a large cone about 10cm or longer with errose papery scales
  • Shade tolerant and found on dry sites
  • Branches often appear downswept

Sourced during a field lab in Fall 2011


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