Picea sitchensis (Sitka spruce)
We measured the height of this tree using a clinometer and a tape. It was about 50 meters (165 feet) tall. This area gets about 200 cm of rain annually, which makes a good environment for Sitka spruce.
Youth-On-Age-Nature Trail 738
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Stiff, flat, sharp. Cylindrical cones with papery thin scales. Gray bark.
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...