Botanical Name: Picea pungens
Common Name: Colorado Spruce  
Plant photo of: Picea pungens
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Conifer


Height Range

40-60', 60-100'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Blue Green, Grey Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Winter, Fall







Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Formal, Meadow, Woodland


Accenting Features

Specimen, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Background, Lawn, Park


Special Uses



Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Steve Mullany
  • Description

  • Notes

Colorado Spruce is an upright to pyramidal evergreen tree with a dense form and horizontal branches. It grows slowly, 60 to 80 feet tall and 20 to 30 feet wide. Its color is variable, ranging from sky blue to green. s to 100' tall. It has a wide-spreading, moderately deep root system if not overwaterred. A Utah native.
Grow in well drained soil in full sun. The biggest mistake folks make when planting Colorado Spruce is not giving it the room it needs. Invariably, it gets crammed into some corner, or planted next to the drive or walkway, and then needs to be sheared or pruned to get around. Give it room, and it will grow to be a lovely specimen and for a lot less effort on your part.