This unusual cultivar of the "Colorado Spruce" produces large buds and short and thick, dark green needles.
To some, it may look more like a pine than a spruce.
It is very slow growing, reaching less than 90cm in the first 10 years.
Young plants display a very irregular habit, but with time will have an irregular pyramidal shape.
Reddish-purple cones many develop on quite young plants.