Chihuahua spruce Pinaceae Picea chihuahuana
Leaf:Evergreen, four-sided needles (1 inch long), which are very sharp, flexible and bluish green. Each needle borne on a raised, woody peg (sterigma).
Flower:Species is monoecious; male flowers cylindrical, purple and hanging in lower crown; females cylindrical, red and upright in the upper crown.
Fruit:Cone to 5 inches long, stiff scales with rounded scales, light brown.
Twig:Lateral branches pendulous, gray-brown, glabrous, with prominent woody pegs.
Bark:Thin, gray-reddish brown, becoming very scaly and loose.
Form:Medium to large tree (to 120 feet tall), straight trunk, narrow crown. At the highest elevations it will appear very windswept.