What Is The State Tree of Colorado?
Blue Spruce is the State Tree of Colorado. Picea pungens is the scientific name of Blue Spruce and it is commonly known as blue spruce, green spruce, white spruce, Colorado spruce, or Colorado blue spruce. Picea is the genus of the Blue Spruce and P. pungens is its species. The Colorado’s State tree Blue Spruce is belongs from the family of Pinaceae, which is commonly found to the Rocky Mountains of the United States, which natural range extends from northern New Mexico through Colorado and Utah to Wyoming and into far southwest Montana. The blue spruce has been extensively initiated elsewhere and is used as an ornamental tree in many places far ahead of its native range.
When a state bodies select a symbol for the state it should be represent extra ordinary design, quality, availability, expression, and usefulness, cultural, traditional and religious back ground, which go back thousands of years or its popularities The Blue spruce tree is the most valuable tree species in Colorado. On the basis of the facts mentioned above, the state legislation was approved and the Blue spruce became the official tree of the state on February 28, 1962, the state legislation was approved and the Blue spruce became the official tree of the state.
The Facts of the State Tree of Colorado [Blue Spruce]
- Common Names: Blue spruce, green spruce, white spruce, Colorado spruce, or Colorado blue spruce
- Family: Pinaceae – Pine family
- Genus: Picea
- Species: Picea pungens
- Found in: commonly found to the Rocky Mountains of the United States, which natural range extends from northern New Mexico through Colorado and Utah to Wyoming and into far southwest Montana.
- Leaf: The leaves of the blue spruce tree are called “needles”. The needles are usually dreary bluish-gray to silvery blue in color. The evergreen, rigid, leaves are in between 3/4 to 1 1/4 inch long with very sharp tip, which have an acidic taste.
- Flower: The Blue spruce tree has produces both male and female flower in same tree in different location. The males yellow-brown to purple, scattered all through trees; females purple, erect, in tops of the trees.
- Fruit: The fruits of the Blue spruce tree called cones, which are pollination occurs in late spring and cones mature in one season. In the fall, cones are 2-4 inches long and turn chestnut brown with stiff, flattened scales. Cones generally persist on the tree for one to two years after seed fall.
- Twig: The recent twigs are reasonably stout with yellow-brown to orange-brown color. Each twig is covered with many of separate woody pegs.
- Bark: The bark is thin becoming reasonably thick with age. It is rather pale gray in small flattened scales when juvenile, which will ultimately develop to reddish brown and furrowed with age.
- Form: Blue spruce is the tallest tree among the all spruces. It size is usually in between 125 to 180 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet in diameter, occasionally it can be larger.
- Purpose: ornamental.
- Symbolism: Energy, peace and protection, good luck, also symbols of the sky and directional guardians of the north.
The Colorado’s State tree Blue Spruce prefers Entisols, Spodosols, Inceptisols, and Histosols, on soils derived from an extensive variety of parent material for its best grow. It requires moderately high amounts of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, and distinctively best grows where soils are derived from rocks rich in calcium and magnesium. It also prefers deep, moist, well-aerated soils and occupies alluvial soils along streams, sandy or coarse-textured soils, or soils having a thick accretion of organic material. The wood of the blue spruce is lightweight, soft, and brittle, which is light to pale brown in color. It grows in moderately unreachable locations and it is not being commercially important as a timber species. The wood is suitable, however, for posts, poles, and fuel.
Blue spruce is verdict increasing reputation as a Christmas tree as a result of its regular form and eye-catching blue plants. The species has an exceptional innate shape and require little shearing. Additionally, needle retention is among the best for the spruces. Its reputation as an ornamental shows the way many consumers to use blue spruce as a living Christmas tree, to be planted after the holiday season.
To sum up, Blue spruce is the people’s favorite State Tree of Colorado, which symbolized Energy, peace and protection, good luck, also symbols of the sky and directional guardians of the north. Although it is an official State tree symbol of Colorado, it outstandingly represents and glorifies the spirit of Colorado culture.