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blue spruce

noun
1.
a spruce, Picea pungens, of western North America, having bluish-green leaves, grown as an ornamental: the state tree of Colorado and Utah.
Also called Colorado blue spruce, Colorado spruce.
Origin of blue spruce
1880-1885
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85
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  • It is not unusual for blue spruce trees to divide near the ground in three or four branches.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • In its youth, particularly in open ground, blue spruce develops a conical crown.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • She saw a blood-colored flash, and then the Bird perched on a branch of blue spruce on the hillside.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • blue spruce is not common and is found only in the Snake River bottoms.

    Grand Teton [Wyoming] National Park United States Dept. of the Interior
  • Another tree that we like is the Colorado blue spruce; it is hardy and grows excellently.

British Dictionary definitions for blue spruce

blue spruce

noun
1.
a spruce tree, Picea pungens glauca, native to the Rocky Mountains of North America, having blue-green needle-like leaves Also called balsam spruce
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