Blue Spruce - Picea pungens Pine Family (Pinaceae)

Blue spruce is a columnar or conical evergreen conifer with densely growing horizontal branches. They have waxy gray-green leaves, up to 3 cm are arranged radially on the shoots which curve upwards. The pale brown cones are up to 10 cm long.1

Genus name is reportedly derived from the Latin word pix meaning “pitch” in reference to the sticky resin typically found in spruce bark.2