Picea pungens Engelm.

Gard. Chron., ser. 2, 11: 334 (1879) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Tree to 50 m tall. Bark grey-brown, furrowed, becoming scaly. Branches yellow-brown, drooping. Winter buds 5–7 mm long, ovoid to conic. Leaves 16–30 mm long, quadrangular in cross section, blue-green; apex acute, spine-tipped. Female cones cylindrical, narrowed at base and apex, 5–11 cm long, reddish when young, pale brown at maturity; scales elliptic to rhomboidal, toothed at the tip, thinly woody or stiffly chartaceous.

*CVU, *GipP, *HSF.

Native to south-west America. Commonly grown in Victoria as an ornamental tree, occasionally escaping cultivation.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-07-08
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2017-05-02
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
class Pinopsida
order Pinales
family Pinaceae
genus Picea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Picea pungens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Picea pungens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced

State distribution

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New South Wales