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12 Blue Spruce Colorado Native

(Picea pungens )

When the Colorado Horticultural Society gave Colorado schoolchildren the chance to vote on a tree to represent the state, they chose the blue spruce. There are 267 blue spruce trees on campus. Growing to 49 feet tall by 16 feet wide, this conical evergreen conifer has scaly grey bark and waxy blue to grey-green leaves. The Navajo and Keres Native Americans used this as a traditional medicinal plant and ceremonial item.