Blue Spruce Picea pungens
Family: Pinaceae (Pine)
Branching: Evergreen
Other names: Colorado Spruce

This is a common introduced ornamental, growing naturally in mountains of the Western US.  New growth is distinctively blue, making identification very easy.  It escapes very rarely and is usually found only on planted sites.  Its seed cones have unique scales and are larger than most native species, but smaller than those of Norway Spruce

Blue Spruce twig

Branch of a Blue Spruce.  Notice the blueish colour.

Buds of a Blue Spruce

Another view of the twig

Blue Spruce seed cone

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