Colorado Blue Spruce

Picea pungens

The Colorado spruce is not native to the northeastern United States, but it is a commonly planted ornamental tree. It has a strong whitish-blue color which sets it apart from other trees. The branchlets and twigs stand erect from the trunk. This specimen was found growing behind the main gate at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.
Among the spruces, the needles of the Colorado spruce are the sharpest and most rigid. Needles have a whitish-blue powdery surface.
The cones of the Colorado spruce grow mainly in the upper part of the tree. They are light colored and are shaped like an elongated egg.
The bark of the Colorado spruce is scaly and very light in color.

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