Evergreen. Native to southwestern Canada, Oregon, and extreme northern California east to the Rocky Mountains.
Needles are dark-green to bluish-green, 1 to 1 1/18" long, occasionally with glaucous white bloom. Bluntly pointed ends are not sharp, and needles are somewhat flexible, with no visible resin ducts on the surfaces. Needles are also four-sided and can be rolled between the fingers.
Fallen needles leave small pegs where they were attached along the branch, as is common to the Picea genus.
Pendulous cones are oblong to cylindrical, sessile or short-stalked, with slighly wavy and elongated, flexible, papery scales, with irregular end margins, maturing in fall of the first season to a light brown and falling shortly thereafter.
Bark is fairly thin and reddish brown, becoming grayish and broken into large, thin, loosely attached scales.