The Colorado Blue Spruce is a conical-shaped evergreen tree with stiff horizontal branches and short stiff needles. It is a commonly used tree in Midwest landscapes. In nature the needles are often green, but many specimens produce blue-green needles. Plus, it’s long-lived (seriously…it can last hundreds of years!) and provides food and shelter for an abundance of wildlife.
This well-known beauty withstands wind better than most spruces because it boasts a widespread, deeper root system. This beautiful spruce varies in color from gray-green to blue-green. A broad, pyramid-shaped evergreen. The dense foliage needs little shearing. Excellent as a point of interest, hedge or windbreak.
This species is native to USA — Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, growing in the montane zone at elevations varying from 5,800 to 8,800 feet (1,830 – 2,740 m) above sea level in the northern range of the species, and from 6,800 to 9,800 feet (2,130 – 3,050 m) in southern areas. It prefers well-drained soils.