Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens) in the Spruces Database

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Botanical names:
Picea pungens Accepted
Abies menziesii var. parryana Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Plant Height: 70 to 115 feet (21-35 m)
Plant Spread: 15 to 30 feet (5-9 m)
Leaves: Evergreen
Needled
Fruit: Showy
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Seeds are inside cones
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

credit: JJ Harrison

Celebrating Winter Interest!Celebrating Winter Interest!
February 14, 2015

Pine cones, seed heads, winter bloomers, colorful red berries, and much more! Let's kick off Winter Interest Week with a look at the most popular plants in our database that give some kind of interest to our gardens in the winter. We also introduce a new gallery option in our database for winter interest, with bonus acorns this week!

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Photo gallery:
Location: My GardensDate: Winter 2006Shown In Heavy Wet Snow
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Location: Northeastern IndianaDate: 2011-10-02
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Location: Indiana zone 5Date: 2015-02-1612 foot
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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2014-05-15
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2015-04-29
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Location: Overgaard, AZThe beginning of a cone.
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Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VADate: 2017-12-09Young tree
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2007-12-26On the far left of the photo.
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2004-01-01
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Location: Northeastern Indiana - Zone 5Date: 2011-10-03Close-up of branch tips.
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2011-10-28
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2009-07-19In a landscape setting in our backyard.
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Location: Denver CO MetroDate: 2012-01-27Colorado Blue Spruce about 30 years old in my neighborhood.
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Location: West Valley City, UTDate: 2012-07-15Third year seedling.
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2016-01-14
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Location: Overgaard, AZDate: 2017-07-19
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Location: Overgaard, AZ
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Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VADate: 2017-06-05Third year in container
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2015-11-19
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Location: 98108blue spruce in ground
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Location: West Valley City, UTDate: 2013-07-23
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Location: West Valley City, UTDate: 2013-07-23
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-11-01
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-06-12
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-06-12
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-06-12
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Posted by Sequoiadendron4 (Lititz, PA - Zone 6b) on Jan 28, 2016 9:23 PM

This is a pretty solid evergreen tree. I've seen it take strong wind gusts, heavy/wet snow loads, a foot of rain in 48 hours, and drought with no problem. Ours is well established and is approximately 35-40 years old and it's about as tall as it is old. When we moved into this house I limbed it up about 15' and it looks real great. In the winter it does shed a bunch of dead sticks but I guess that's how it keeps itself healthy. The cones aren't very vigorous I have a single volunteer. It's 2 years old and about 4" high. Also, the roots are pretty shallow but you can garden underneath if careful. I have a ground cover geranium under it as well as a few lavender "bushes." The only thing I don't like about it is that the leader splits into two about halfway up, and now at the top there is a handful of leaders. Just minor aesthetics, though.

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 17, 2013 6:48 PM

Utah and Colorado's state tree.

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Posted by Bonehead (Pacific NW - Zone 8b) on Dec 2, 2016 8:59 PM

Slow growing, very symmetrical evergreen. Quite striking with its blue-green needles, very prickly. The inner bark and young shoots are edible. The bark and pitch may be used for medicinal purposes. Legend has it that the sharp needles give it special powers for protection against evil thoughts.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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