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WHITE SPRUCE Picea glauca
This large pyramidal evergreen is a good landscape tree because of its form, density, and year round appearance. It is native to the Northern part of the province.
Evergreen tree: Height 20m (65ft)
Foliage: Needle colour ranges from dull dark green to quite blue. Short needles and drooping branches give the White Spruce a feathery appearance as it ages.
Fruit: Two inch cones are born on the upper part of the tree.
Comments: The white spruce is a perfectly hardy tree which is frequently an important part of farm shelter belts. Over time, it usually gets too big for most urban yards. Because it branches right to the ground it becomes a real "space hog" as it matures. It casts a very strong rain shadow and any moisture under the tree is quickly taken up by the shallow root system. It is almost impossible to grow anything, even weeds, under a spruce tree.