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The Sitka Spruce, Picea sitchensis, is a very large, fast growing evergreen. It has lovely thin, flaky bark that varies in colour from purplish-grey to silvery brown. Its needles are pale, glaucous blue on the underside and deep green on top, which looks great when the tree is buffeted by wind. It is an important forestry tree in its own right and it also makes a good nurse tree.
You can also buy Serbian Spruce, Blue Spruce and Norway Spruce from our nursery.
Growing Sitka Spruce Trees
This hardy tree thrives on the coast and seems to be happy on very poor soils, but not if they are chalky or too dry. It likes damp sites, although boggy, low-lying ground isn't suitable. It isn't recommended for the city or polluted industrial areas.
Your trees will reach about 60 metres.
Picea sitchensis comes from the West coast of North America and it is the Alaskan state tree. It is the world's largest spruce. David Douglas brough it to Britain in 1831 and it has become one of our most used forestry trees; a 2010 estimate reckoned that around 70% of our commercial forests are sitka spruces. It makes superb paper and aircraft were usually made from Sitka timber until the rise of big, aluminium jets. We are told that Sitka wood is used in the nose cones of Trident nuclear missiles!