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Colorado Blue Spruce Tree - Conifer of the U.S. Intermountain Region

By December 22, 2012

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The Blue spruce (Picea pungens) tree is also called Colorado blue spruce, Colorado spruce, silver spruce, and pino real. It is a slow-growing, long-lived conifer of medium size that, because of its symmetry and color, is planted extensively as an ornamental and for Christmas trees. Blue spruce is primarily native to the central and southern Rocky Mountains of the western United States.

About Landscaping Guide David Beaulieu says Colorado blue spruce trees typically reach a height of 30'-60' in the landscape and spread out 10'-20'. Their silvery-blue needles are prickly to the touch and aromatic. The pyramidal shape of Colorado blue spruce trees makes them a classic choice for a Christmas specimen.

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December 17, 2010 at 5:21 am
(1) Verle E. Wenneker says:

Very seldom, if ever, has God and/or evolution, ever put upon Our Earth, a tree so beautiful.

Verle E. “Butch” Wenneker
U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management (Retired)

December 31, 2012 at 8:17 am
(2) Devesh Pant says:

It’s a joy to share reverence for trees with people cutting across oceans and continents. In India we Hindus give Divine Reverence to many of them and and one of them is the Himalayan Cedar called Deodar; the Divine Tree!

Trees and forests have been venerated in the early Hindu history but that can’t be said of our society now.

Presently we are battling COALGATE the scam that proposed devastating virgin forests to get at the coal; can any moral help come our way?
Devesh Pant,
16 A Kalidas Road, Dehra Dun -248001,
State of Uttarakhand, India

December 31, 2012 at 11:13 am
(3) Robert Fisher says:

If you want to spend the rest of the life of the tree spraying it at least 2X per season for Rhizosphaera needle cast disease in the midwest region, then plant a blue spruce…also don’t plant it too close to houses or driveways, etc., because the “cute little tree in the pot” gets quite spready and can not be easily pruned without destroying the very shape you bought it for in the first place

Try White Fir (Abies concolor) instead.

Consulting Arborsit from Wisconsin

December 31, 2012 at 2:11 pm
(4) kay says:

for Devesh Pant,
While as a Christian I do not share your worship of trees, I do deeply regard, respect, and hold them in awe as a gift of life and as separate entities. I do my best to care for trees I “own” (not too many, sadly) and try to activate for trees in my village. Happily the village government does a good job.

As a matter of fact, I am recognizing that I feel the same about wild animals as well. Trees and wild ones belong to themselves; and NOT to us. I get upset when people clear land for houses, or build houses on former farmland. What wildlife is driven out? Why should we have the right?

I believe that it is criminal and an act against God to destroy his gifts. We are to use them wisely, yes, but consideration of use must go many, many layers deep, and consider that they are gifts to the planet, and that their purpose (many, many, many layers deep) MUST be ascertained before a decision to take such a drastic step as felling an entire forest is taken.

You certainly have my moral support, Mr. Pant. I wish I were in a position to offer you more, but my circumstances are strained.

There is an American book for all ages called The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. If you can find a copy, I think you would hope the lesson comes across, as I do.

Best regards,

December 31, 2012 at 6:33 pm
(5) William Whidden says:

My wife and I purchased our 3 acre piece of heaven in the North Cascades (WA State) and the first thing we did was to plant a Colorado Blue Spruce that we had purchased as a Christmas tree. That was 20 years ago and this tree still stands proud outside our bank of trees looking off to snow-capped Mt Hood due south of us. I have since planted many more of these beauties along with many other species. Love ‘em dearly! They sure are pretty with a foot of fresh powder sitting on their stout branches!!!

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