Colorado Blue Spruce

Picea pungens

The Colorado Blue Spruce is the iconic tree of Christmas. This tree is native to the Rocky Mountain states of the US and grows to be 50-60 feet tall with a narrower width than other conifers - only growing 10-20 feet wide. The unique blue/green/silver year-round color of the tree makes it stand out, especially in the winter. The Colorado Blue Spruce makes for both a great landscaping tree, privacy screen, or windbreak if several are planted in a row. It is cold hardy, drought-tolerant, and low maintenance, requiring little more than planting it and just watching it grow (no pruning required). It can be planted in either full sun or partial sun. The growth rate ranges from 10 to 18 inches per year which is fast for a conifer. Birds, rabbits, and other small animals love the shelter it provides, but you don’t have to worry about them (or deer, for that matter) nibbling on the tree. This tree also grows perfectly shaped pinecones which should be the only thing dropped on the ground - this tree doesn't drop any needles. You cant go wrong with this classic.

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About Tree Names

Hardiness Zones
Zones 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
Mature Height
More than 50'
Mature Width
10' to 20'
Growth Rate
Medium
Light Needs
Partial Sun
Fall Color
Evergreen
Flowering Season
No Flowers
Fruit
No Fruit