Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Picea engelmannii (Engelmann Spruce)

 

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Coniferophyta Conifers

Class

 Pinopsida

Order

 Pinales

Family

 Pinaceae Pine family

Genus

 Picea A. Dietr. spruce

Species

 Picea engelmannii Parry ex Engelm. Engelmann spruce

A slender, spire-shaped evergreen that grows slowly to reach 100.

The foliage is light blue, often silvery and the 1-2 cones are a deep purple.

The branches spread at right angles to the trunk and droop only slightly.

Occurring at high elevations, this tree is found throughout much of western Canada and the US and is more common in the Rocky Mountains than on the Pacific coast. It is hardy to USDA zone 3.

Englemann Spruce prefers rich, moist acidic soil and a sunny spot. However, providing transplants with shade, whether from other plants or from artificial means, is an excellent measure to ensure the plant becomes well established.

    
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