Blue Spruce

Picea pungens

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  • Blue Spruce | Blue Spruce (Picea pungens) Photo: F.D. Richards
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Basic Information

Other names

Colorado Blue Spruce, Silver Spruce






40-75 ft

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Birds, Rodents

Can I eat Blue Spruce?

A tea that is high in vitamin C can be made from the young shoot tips. Seeds are edible as well as roasted cones.

Medicinal uses for Blue Spruce

The Navajo and Keres Native Americans used an infusion of Blue Spruce needles to ease colds and stomachaches. Branches were also given as gifts to bring good luck.

Blue Spruce Habitat

Blue Spruce (Picea pungens) is native to the conifer forests of the Rocky Mountains. It grows best in moist rich soils with part shade.

Blue Spruce Facts

Blue Spruce (Picea pungens) is the State Tree of Colorado and abundant throughout the Rocky Mountains. Its stiff branches shoot outward forming a ridged formal outline. Its hard to miss new growth on the Picea pungens as it is distinctly light blue, before fading into maturity. The Blue Spruce is also popular Christmas tree.

Blue Spruce Distribution

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