Sitka Spruce

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Sitka Spruce

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Description

The Picea sitchensis is the largest of the world's spruces and one of the most prominent forest trees in stands along the northwest coast of North America. Easily recognized for its stiff, sharp pointed, pale green needles, papery cones up to four inches long, and branches that tend to droop down.

Habitat

This coastal species is seldom found far from tidewater, where moist maritime air and summer fogs help to maintain humid conditions necessary for growth.  Throughout most of its range from northern California to Alaska, Sitka spruce is associated with western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) in dense stands where growth rates are among the highest in North America.  Sitka spruce is more tolerant of shade than Douglas-fir but less tolerant than hemlock.  It is a valuable commercial timber species for lumber, pulp, and many special uses.

 

Beneficial Uses

In addition to the benefits to wildlife, Sitka Spruce wood is valuable as sounding boards for high quality pianos and guitar faces; ladders, experimental light aircraft; water craft oars, planking, masts & spars; custom-made or traditional boats; and turbine blades for wind energy.