Pitcea sitchensis. Pinaceae family. This tree species is a confier-- it bears needles instead of broad leaves. It can reach towering heights of 225'. Needles are about 1" long and hold a blueish tint. They are stiff and sharp! Be careful when handling them. If you grab it unknowingly you'll be sorry, but you'll also never forget this species! This tree lives in lowland forests. I found it to alongside the trail near water at my site.
The sitka spruce were near the trails as well. They weren't very tall but I as able to tell them apart because of their needles and bark.
- evergreen conifer tree;
- sharp hard needles;
- not native to Carkeek park; planted for restoration.
Rare species in the area. Recently planted
Picea sitchensis, the Sitka spruce, is a large coniferous evergreen tree growing to almost 100 m tall, and with a trunk diameter at breast height that can exceed 5 m (see List of superlative trees. It is by far the largest species of spruce; and the fifth largest conifer in the world (behind giant sequoia, coast redwood, kauri and western redcedar); and the third tallest conifer species (after coast redwood and coast Douglas-fir). The Sitka spruce...