Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)
[ Trees > Conifers > Spruces . . . ] Forest Type: Various
by Michael Kuo
Habitat: Naturally occurring at lower elevations (6,000-9,000 feet) in the northern part of its range, and at higher elevations (8,000-11,000) in the southern Rockies; in pure stands or mixed with other conifers; planted as an ornamental across the continent.
Stature: 80-100 feet high; trunk to 2 feet in diameter; with a dense, conical crown.
Needles: About 1 inch long; blue-green; four-sided; stiff and sharp.
Bark: Fairly thick when mature; furrowed; gray.
Cones: 2-4.5 inches long; scales tough, with eroded tips and edges; persisting one year before falling in fall.
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Kuo, M. (2010, November). Blue spruce (Picea pungens). Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trees/picea_pungens.html