The Baby Blue Spruce tree is a perennial tree in the Pinaceae pine family. The name originated because of the blue foliage color of the tree. These beautiful trees are capable of growing up to 100 feet. The trees have a thick, gray-brown bark with evergreen needles. The seed cones of the tree are typically green or violet. The baby blue spruce tree can be distinguished from the Engelmann spruce by its leaf color, larger cone size, and differing twigs.
The tree’s most active period of growth takes place in the spring and summer, with the greatest bloom occurring in late spring. The Baby Blue Spruce commonly grows in moist canyon bottoms, but some may grow on mountain slopes. The Baby Blue Spruce tree typically grows with subalpine fir, white fir, and Engelmann spruce trees. The Baby Blue Spruce tree cannot grow on soil that is too moist.
The Baby Blue Spruce has a long life span and a leisurely growth rate. Some individual trees have been reported to live for over six hundred years! The tree is commonly found in nurseries and garden stores. Additionally, many Blue Spruce plantations are located in the Northeastern United States. The Baby Blue Spruce tree is the state tree of both Colorado and Utah. The native range of the Baby Blue Spruce Tree is the southern and central Rocky Mountains.
The Baby Blue Spruce tree is commonly planted in decorative and all-purpose landscapes. It is frequently used as a Christmas tree. However, the Baby Blue Spruce is not typically used for lumber or wood products, due to the brittle nature of its wood.
Baby Blue Spruce trees begin to produce seed at about twenty years, with production reaching a maximum between 50-150 years. The best cone years transpire at intervals of 2-3 years. The finest cultivation occurs in mineral soil with side shade and overhead light.