Also called green spruce and white spruce.

Part of spruce  genus Picea in 🌲︎ cedar / fir / hemlock / larch / pine / spruce  family Pinaceae in 🌲︎ conifer  order Pinales.


Native to USA 🗻 Rocky Mountains:  Colorado (as in its common name), Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.

🗺 Map by county (🇺🇸 USA-48), 🗺 map (scroll down), 🗺 map (North America, Central America).  Adobe Acrobat Reader file

Invasive > 🇨🇦 Canada, 🇺🇸 USA Invasive > report it!

🌲︎ State tree of Colorado.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
  On No-Plant List by Seneca Nation of Indians.  Adobe Acrobat Reader file (pages 59 and 63)

Picea hosts caterpillars of 158 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

Outside the 🗻 Rocky Mountains, has been widely planted as an ornamental.

In Michigan, many ◼︎ Colorado blue spruce are dying or suffering from spruce decline,  Adobe Acrobat Reader file apparently caused by:

Learn more about ◼︎ Colorado blue spruce Picea pungens

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