White Spruce

White Spruce (Picea glauca) – White spruce grows across northern North America, from Alaska, Yukon, and British Columbia continuously eastward to Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and Québec, in the northeastern United States and sporadically in the northern states of Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan. The white spruce grows to a height of 40–60' and a spread of 10–20' at maturity, growing at a medium rate, with height increases of 13–24" per year. Full sun is ideal, the white spruce grows in acidic, loamy, sandy, well-drained and clay soils, and it can withstand wind, heat, cold, some drought, crowding and some shade. It is a mainstay of the pulp and paper industry and well-used for construction lumber. It is also widely used as a Christmas tree and works well in cities and rural windbreaks.