Picea sitchensis (Sitka Spruce)
A fast-growing, giant evergreen, reaching 250 and 6 in diameter, Sitka Spruce favors both freshwater and saltwater wetland areas where it often dominates.
It is found in a limited range along the Pacific coast from central Alaska to northern California and is very common in southern Alaska and northern British Columbia. Hardy USDA zones 6-7. It has found great popularity in Britain, where it has been introduced.
The stiff, sharp-pointed, 1 long, green needles grow from all sides of the twigs.
The 4 cones hang from the branches and have sharp scales.
The bark is similarly noted for its scales.
This species is valued for its light-weight timber, useful in making boats and musical instruments.