Botanical Name: Picea engelmanii
Common Name: Engelmann Spruce  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Conifer


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Blue Green


Bark Color

Brown, Grey, Red


Fruit Color

Brown, Purple


Fruit Season

Winter, Fall, Persistent





Medium, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Meadow, Ranch, Woodland


Accenting Features

Silhouette, Specimen


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Background, Park


Special Uses

Screen, Wind Break


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

Engelmann spruce is an uright, strongly pyramidal evergreen tree growing 40 to 50 feet tall and 20 to 30 feet wide (though in its habitat, it can reach heights of 100 feet). It has strong ascending branches and blue-green needles. Bark is thin and broken into scales of purplish-brown to russet red. Cones are purplish-brown. A Utah native, it grows best in higher elevations, and so is better suited to the bench areas and above and less so to the valley where it is warmer and drier.
Grow in full sun and well-drained, loamy to clay-loamy soils. A Utah native, it grows in higher elevations were there is ample winter snow and spring moisture, and cooler summer temperatures. In the valley, it will need good soil and regular watering to survive and thrive.