Statuesque, conical evergreen and coniferous tree. Highly distinctive blue-green foliage that will make an excellent focal point, especially in winter when deciduous plants are bare.
Can grow to 30m or more, perhaps over 100 years, and is pyramidal as a small tree with stiff horizontal branches. Leaves are arranged all round the branchlets, about 25mm long, with spiny tips, Cones are cylindrical and about 100mm and make a fine display in their own right.
Native of the Rocky Mountains, mainly in Colorado, E. Utah, E. New Mexico, and N. Arizona, but with scattered stands as far north as Montana. First described in 1862 and shortly thereafter introduced to the UK in 1875. Picea punges glauca is recognised as the State Tree of Colorado.
Prefers full sun and moist but well drained, fertile and deep soil. Easy to grow, trouble free and time forming a magnificient ornamental tree. Extremely hardy. H:15-30m