These are tall well-formed trees which grow on our higher mountain
slopes. (The very similar Blue Spruce commonly grows a little lower
down on the mountains.) The average height of the Engelmann spruce
is about 110 ft.
The cones hang downward from the upper branches of the tree.
They are about 2 inches long, reddish brown in color, and have very
thin scales. Usually many can be found lying on the ground under
Spruce needles are very stiff and sharp-pointed. Each needle is
square in cross section.