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Arboretum
"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity." - Alexander Smith   
Colorado Blue Spruce
(Picea pungens)

Donated by Jane Stonecipher
Tree Map Location: # 44
In Memory of The Stonecipher Family

Colorado Blue Spruce tree Colorado Blue Spruce bark Colorado Blue Spruce leaf Colorado Blue Spruce fruit


Leaf: Evergreen needles, 3/4 to 1 1/4 inches long, stiff and very sharp (spine-like), displayed nearly straight out from twig, silvery blue to dark green. Strong acidic taste. Each needle borne on a raised, woody peg (sterigma).  
Flower: Monoecious; males emerge reddish purple and ripen to yellow-brown, scattered throughout trees; females purple, upright, in tops of the trees.  
Fruit: Cones are 2 to 4 inches long, cylindrical, light brown in color, scales are flexible, pointed with jagged erose margins, mature in the fall.  
Twig: Stout (when compared to other spruces), hairless, tan; needles are borne on woody pegs; bud scales brown and noticeably reflexed.  
Bark: Gray to red-brown, young trees with small, thin scales; older trees still scaly but with shallow furrows.  
Form: A medium to large tree with pyramidal form reaching up to 80 feet tall. Branches appear layered, especially with age.  
Source: College of Natural Resource Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University  
Website: http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro

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