The Q&A Archives: Name of ornamental asymmetrical Pine or Spruce

Question: I have been searching for the name of an ornamental pine or spruce tree. It has gangly asymmetrical branches that are spaced far apart and it is very tall and slender. It also has a blue hue. Could you help???


Answer: You may be thinking of blue spruce (Pinaceae Picea pungens). This tree has 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 is borne on a raised, woody peg.

Cones are 2 to 4 inches long, cylindrical, light brown in color, scales are flexible, pointed with jagged erose margins, mature in the fall.

Gray to red-brown bark, young trees with small, thin scales; older trees still scaly but with shallow furrows.

Blue spruce is a medium to large tree with pyramidal form reaching up to 80 feet tall. Branches appear layered, especially with age.

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