This species is also called the Colorado blue spruce. Blue spruces grow as scattered trees or in small groups at middle elevations of the Rocky Mountains on sites where there is a high moisture-level. A deep root system anchors the tree against the wind. Although it prefers deep, rich, moist soil, and full sun, it is very adaptable and more drought-tolerant than most plants of this genus. It is a popular choice for landscapers, and particularly useful in dry locations.