Common Names: Blue sprucegreen spruce, white spruce, Colorado spruce, Colorado blue spruce
In the wild, Picea pungens grows to about 75 feet, but when planted in parks and gardens it seldom exceeds 49 feet tall by 16 feet wide. It is a columnar or conical evergreen conifer with densely growing horizontal branches. It has scaly grey bark on the trunk with yellowish-brown branches. Waxy grey-green leaves, up to 1 inch long, are arranged radially on the shoots which curve upwards. The pale brown cones are up to 4 inches long.
It is most commonly found growing along stream sides in mountain valleys, where moisture levels in the soil are greater than the often low rainfall in the area would suggest. In CT it is most commonly found as an ornamental tree in landscaping and residential areas.