Long dense needles that are very pokey
Burls on Sitka spruce
Anderson Lake has some enormous Picea sitchensis (Sitka Spruce), including this one.
Here's a sapling Sitka Spruce growing in a shady part of the mixed conifer forest of mostly Douglas-fir, Western Redcedar, and Grand Fir.
Here's the trunk of a large Sitka Spruce, about 2' diameter.
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...