Colorado spruce (Picea pungens)

Quick facts and care essentials

Colorado Spruce Quick facts:

  • Evergreen
  • Climate zones 1-6, 10, 14-17, 32-45
  • Full sun
  • Regular to moderate water
  • Growth rate: slow to moderate

This is a broadly pyramidal conifer with stiff, regular, horizontal branches; it eventually reaches 60 feet or higher and 25 feet across. Depending on the variety, the sharp needles vary in color from dark green through all shades of blue green to steely blue and silver. Colorado spruce is the only spruce that will succeed in the Southwest and lower Midwest.