blue spruce, Colorado spruce - Pinaceae Picea pungens

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PIPU

Taxonomy

FamilyPinaceae
GenusPicea
Speciespungens
Common Nameblue spruce, Colorado spruce
iTree CodePIPU

Plant Form

FormA medium sized conifer growing between 30' and 60' tall.
Height60 feet
Spread20 feet
DeciduousNo

Identification Description

Foliagesingly attached needles, very sharply points; green or bluish in color; pungent odor when crushedLeaf Type Information IconNeedle
Needles1
Barkgrayish-brown flaky or scaly; frequent bluish sap oozing from wounds
Budconical, orange or brown, scales may appear as openingBud Arrangement Information IconNone
Twigorange on current year’s growth; then gray in later years
Flowermale (strobili) orange to red; female (strobili) green to purple, typically in the upper canopy
Fruitpapery cone 3-5” long, with fringed scales; brown to golden in color, hanging down on branch
Fall Colorgreen, blue

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zonespH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min3aMin4.0SoilHigh
Max7aMax7.8SprayHigh

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
IntermediateIntolerantUnknown

Species Status

Nebraska Native
U.S. NativeYes Check
Region of OriginUnited States
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