GLEBE TREES AND SHRUBS
Colorado spruce (Picea pungens)
Photos taken on Queen Elizabeth Drive near Landsdowne Park, May 10, 2008.
Colorado spruce often has blue-green needles which can be very sharp. It usually has a stately appearance.
The needles are bigger than white spruce and sharper. It hurts to take hold
of a branch, even gently. Needles can be deep green. They have a whitish stripe, as do white
spruce. Looking at a branch end on, there is usually a pinwheel whorl of needles around the
terminal bud. Needles of Colorado spruce do not part sideways on the branch undersurface as
Norway spruce does.
The cone is paler and somewhat longer than white spruce. Its edges are "frilled".