The planet’s tree species are essential for life: They give us oxygen, stabilize the soil and are the home to wildlife of all shapes and sizes. An increasingly popular tree trend is to plant native tree species in Colorado environments. By learning about the native trees in your region, you can take advantage of the natural beauty, the reduced maintenance and the advantages that these types of trees provide.
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White Fir (Abies Concolor): The white fir grows in altitudes from 4,000 to 10,000, and is popular as an ornamental landscaping tree and as a Christmas tree. The typical size of a white fir ranges from 80 to 195 feet tall, although Rocky Mountain white fir rarely exceed 125 feet. This symmetrical, pyramidal shape evergreen coniferous tree has soft, blue-green needles.
Boxelder (Acer Negundo): This species of maple is a rapid grower, yet has a relatively short life span. It grows to heights between 35 and 80 feet tall and has a trunk diameter of 12 to 20 inches. Unlike other maple trees that have a simple, palmately lobed leaf, the boxelder maple has compound leaves that usually have three to seven leaflets and have a translucent, light green color that turns yellow in the fall.
Colorado Spruce (Picea Pungens): The Colorado Spruce is the state tree of Colorado. It has sharp, stiff needles that range from green to silvery blue. In parks and gardens, the Colorado spruce seldom exceeds 49 feet tall; however, in the wild it can grow up to 75 feet tall. It is often grown as an ornamental trees in gardens and parks and is a popular choice for the Christmas tree industry.
Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga Menziesii): This fast-growing evergreen conifer species is native to Colorado. It is known for its soft, medium to dark green needles and unique cones. It is a medium to large specimen and can range from 70 to 330 feet tall. The needs are flat and linear. It is used extensively as timber and has an ornamental value in large parks and gardens.
Utah Juniper (Juniperus Osteosperma): The Utah Juniper grows at altitudes of 5,000 to 9,000 feet. It is a shrub or a small tree that reaches between 9 and 16 feet tall. It is a spreading and multi-stemmed with small, scale-like leaves. Large, grayish blue berry-like fruits are food for birds and mammals. The leaves are arranged in whorls of three, and the adult leaves are scale-like.
Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus Scopulorum): The Rocky Mountain Juniper is a medium-sized tree that reaches 32 to over 65 feet tall. Its seed cones are berry-like and are dark blue with a pale, blue-white waxy bloom. This long-lived tree has a species in Utah that is thought to be over 1500 years old. This upright, columnar tree is found on dry mountain slopes and mesas. Its fruit is important for small mammals and birds.