Picea pungens

Picea pungens - Colorado (or Colorada blue) spruce

Colorado spruce grows naturally in the southern Rockies of the United States, between 1800-3400m above sea level, together with Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), Engelmann’s spruce (P. engelmannii) and Subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa), among others. It prefers open mountain forests and is quite happy on fairly dry sites. With its deep roots, it survives storms well. The needles often display the waxy blue-grey coating typical of many species of conifers from southern mountain zones.