Overview:Categories: Evergreen, Wildlife Value
Tall tree; usually on moist soils but will do well on drier sites with supplemental water; to 9,500′ elev.
Although a native and beautiful, Colorado Blue Spruce trees require extra care during their first 3-6 years, during which much of their growth takes place unseen, as most energy is put into the root system and alterations to the leaf structure; requires shade the first 3-5 years, when planted in our area.
Colorado Blue Spruce provides value to wildlife by providing food and shelter for a variety of birds. Browsers, such as deer, will often eat the foliage.
Due to it’s slow growth, need for moisture and shade requirements, those living in the Eastern Colorado Plains may find the beauty and drought tolerance of the Witchita Blue Juniper preferable to the establishment needs required by the Colorado Blue Spruce.
Features:Scientfic Name: Picea Pungens
Growth Habit: Dense
Growth Rate: Slow
Max. Height (ft): 100
Max Width/Spread (ft): 35
Life Span: Long
Cold Hardiness: Excellent
Drought Resistance: Fair
Elevation Range: 9500
Wildlife Value: High
Wildlife Notes: Song and ground birds and grouse; hoofed and small browsers
Seasonal Color: Bluish Evergreen
Possible Insect Issues: pine needle scale, tussock moth, terminal weevil, gall aphids
Possible Disease Issues: valsa canker, spruce withes' broom
Miscellany: Colorado State Tree, high ornamental value in addition to wildlife/conservation efforts
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