Multiple Sitka Spruce trees present throughout forest. The trees were relatively tall so it was difficult to identify them form just their needles, which is why I used their cones as a confirming factor for ID.
Habitat: Mixed conifer sitka spruce forest nestled between the oceanside and marshy areas. Very moist & dense forest at sea level.
Vegetation: Ground cover species present included Gaultheria shallon, Vaccinium spp, Maianthemum dilatatum, & various mosses.
Weather: Overcast day, slightly cloudy and drizzly. Cooler by the shore, around mid 60's/
Take 101 West and follow signs to Ocean Shores.
Bark is a flaky scales, with a grey and reddish brown splotches. The needles are a bluish-green and stiff, very sharp. The cones are reddish brown with irregular toothed scales.
a spruce?? maybe?
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...