Colorado Trees

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Colorado white fir
Symmetrical, pyramidal shape; for large landscapes; attractive soft, blue-green needles; grows best where protected from wind.
subalpine fir
Narrow, pyramidal habit, blue-green needles, corky white bark;less commonly available; potential for use at lower elevations.
box elder
Maple with compound leaves found along streams; rapid grower, weak-wooded, short-lived; female trees attract nuisance box-elder bugs.
Engelmann spruce
Large, densely pyramidal tree with blue-green needles and reddish scaly bark when mature; found at high elevations with subalpine fir where it performs best; less commonly available.
Colorado spruce
Colorado State Tree; sharp, stiff needles ranging from green to silvery blue; horizontal branching.
lodgepole pine
Light green needles, persistent cones; tall, narrow form in native habitat; broader habit in landscape site; requires well-drained soils.
limber pine
Green to blue-green needles in bundles of 4-5; flexible twigs; larger, ornamental cones.
ponderosa pine
Longer, yellow-green needles; bark becomes cinnamon color with age; vanilla fragrance on warm days.
Southwestern white pine
Blue-green needles, large cones, scaly bark when mature, faster-growing, less commonly available.
narrowleaf cottonwood
Vertical growth habit; willow-like leaves, suckers heavily, best in natural areas along streams; males do not produce cotton; yellow fall color.
Plains cottonwood
Fast-growing, broad, irregular canopy; triangular leaves; males do not produce cotton.
lanceleaf cottonwood
Fast-growing, upright, rounded, dense branching; spear-shaped, drooping leaves; less suckering; natural hybrid between Plains and narrowleaf cottonwoods; males do not produce cotton.
Douglas fir
Fast-growing; soft, medium to dark green needles; pyramidal shape; unique cones; alternate host for gall insects on spruce.
bigtooth maple
Native to southwest, with occurrences in Montezuma County; often multi-stem form; degree of orange-red fall color varies.
thinleaf alder
Large shrub or small tree, often multi-stemmed; yellow fall color not reliable; persistent fruits resemble miniature pine cones, found along streams; bark gray; sun to part shade.
Rocky Mountain birch
Small tree or large shrub; bronze-red bark; found along streams, often with thinleaf alder; yellow fall color; requires additional moisture in dry winters.
Oneseed juniper
Multi-stemmed tree with small, scale-like leaves, found on dry rocky slopes, often with pinon.
Utah juniper
Spreading, multi-stemmed evergreen with small, scale-like leaves; large, grayish-blue berry-like fruits are important food for small mammals and birds.
Rocky Mountain juniper
variable growth habit, often upright to columnar; male and female flowers on separate plants; found on dry mountain slopes and mesas; berry-like fruit important food for small mammals and birds.
bristlecone pine
Rounded to pyramidal shape; branches have bottlebrush appearance; short, dark-green needles with specks of white resin; spiny cones; needs well-drained soil; slow-growing.
pinyon pine
Compact, bushy growth form with grayish green needles in bundles of two, small rounded cones; edible seeds develop when planted in grove for cross-pollination; best in dry, well-drained site.
quaking aspen
Slender branches, white bark with black ridges in maturity; golden fall color, leaves flutter in slight breeze; short-lived, suckers; best in well-drained mountain soils.
Gambel oak
Small tree to large shrub, best on well-drained soils; often thicket-forming; shades of red, orange, yellow and brown in fall; acorns provide excellent wildlife food.
peachleaf willow
Fast-growing; lance-shaped leaves; new twig growth orange-yellow; ascending branches; found along streams.
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