Tree Guide: Blue Spruce
You might’ve guessed that the needles on this tree have a blue-ish colour. We say blue-ish because the colour can vary a fair amount; some trees will have a striking blue appearance, some are more silvery-blue, some bluey-green and some much more green with a hint of blueness. You’ll see in the gallery below two examples growing side by side that have fairly different colours.
It’s Latin name, Picea Pungens, might make you think it’s named for it’s strong smell. If so, tut tut, you need to brush up on your Latin. Pungens actually means ‘pricking’ or ‘puncturing’, and it’s a pretty apt name – the needles on a Blue Spruce are extremely sharp. Even Farmer Tom, with hands tough and weathered beyond his years, will tend to stick a pair of gloves on when handling a Blue Spruce.
The tree does have a great smell too, though. Similar to the Norway Spruce, it’s a piney smell – very fresh and perhaps a touch sweeter than the Norway Spruce.
The Blue Spruce is relatively slow-growing and will only reach up to around 23m. It grows in a conical shape, with the strong branches reaching horizontally outward.
Farmer Tom Says…
“If you want something a bit different, the Blue Spruce is a spectacular Christmas tree.”
Christmas Tree Credentials
Most people choose the Blue Spruce because it’s unusual colour offers something different from your typical Christmas tree. It’s also popular for it’s:
- Great piney scent
- Medium needle retention (better than Norway Spruce, not as good as Nordman Fir).
- Firm, strong branches (great for hanging decorations on).
- Spiky needles if you think that’s a good way to keep the pets off it 💥
Because of the sharp needles, it’s not a great choice if you have toddlers about the house.