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Picea sitchensis (Bong.) Carrière

Sitka spruce

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionConiferophytaConifers—cone-bearing trees (and a few shrubs)
ClassPinopsidaGymnosperms such as cedars, Douglas-firs, cypresses, firs, junipers, kauri, larches, pines, hemlocks, redwoods, spruces, and yews
OrderPinalesCone-bearing plants: cedar, cypress, fir, juniper, larch, pine, redwood, spruce, yew, and others
FamilyPinaceaePine family: cedars, firs, hemlocks, larches, pines and spruces
GenusPiceaSpruce; means “pitch”
SpeciessitchensisOf or from Sitka in southeast Alaska

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Picea sitchensis description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Picea sitchensis (Sitka spruce)

8/28/2007 · Rte 199 State Park Info Place, Crescent City, Cali­fornia

Picea sitchensis (Sitka spruce)

“Octopus Tree.” This giant old sitka spruce did not develop into a massive single trunked tree as most spruce trees do along the OR coast. The candelabra branching and unusual size of this spruce tree were formed by strong coastal winds and the sheltered hollow of its location. Each of the six candelabra limbs are at least 12 feet around and extend horizontally from the main trunk as much as 30 feet before turning upward. The base of the tree has a circumference of about 50 feet. · 8/26/2007 · Cape Meares State Park, Ore­gon


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