Category: evergreen tree Size: large
Mature Size: 40 - 50 ' x 12 - 17'
Zone: To 3 Growth Rate: moderate
Foliage: 1-2", soft bluish-green needles
Elevation (if known): 4,000' to 10,000'
Water: Prefers moist conditions, but adaptable to a bit less moisture
Soil : Moist, rich, well-drained. Avoid clay, compacted or highly acidic soils.
Sun: Prefers full sun, but will tolerate some shade.
Comments: Noted for tolerance of hot and dry conditions among firs. Cones purplish, 3-6 inches long, upright
Warnings: Can't tolerate hot sun, windy conditions, or drought when young. Best where protected from wind. May have spruce budworm, aphid damage on new growth.
Alamosa Tree Board Recommended? yes
Street Tree? yes Street Tree Conditions: Only if space suitable for large tree
CO/NM native? yes Native to: Western US and Maine
Known Locations: NE corner of 1st and La Veta. Another on 1st further west, but before Adams State.
Information Sources: National Arbor Day Foundation Library of Trees; Salida Tree Board Guide; CSU Extension; Alamosa Tree Board.