|Picea engelmannii has a dense, pyramidical shape, forming a spire like tree with ascending branches. It can reach 70 feet high in 40 to 60 years. The needle-like leaves are blue-green and 1 inch long. The thin bark is broken into loose scales of purple-brown to red-brown. Prefers rich loam and high moisture. Quite ornamental with several cultivars available. Native from British Columbia to Oregon, east to Alberta, reaches as far south as New Mexico and Arizona.