White Spruce Picea glauca
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This tree has often been heralded as a beautiful tree, whether lining the banks of a North Country river or gracing someone’s front yard. In landscape, it is often used as a lovely specimen tree or grouping and makes a sturdy option for windbreaks and buffer strips.
- Provides beautiful year-round color
- Grows narrow, straight, and tall
- Tolerates most soil conditions
- Can withstand wind, heat, cold, drought, crowding, and some shade
- Will be delivered at a height of 6"–1'
Your Tree’s Personality
Besides providing nesting sites and shelter, white spruces provide food for many kinds of wildlife. Crossbills, evening grosbeaks and red-breasted nuthatches prefer the seeds. The foliage is eaten by grouse, rabbits and deer. Red squirrels cut open cones to eat the seeds, and they feast upon young, tender spruce shoots. The bark is enjoyed by both porcupines and black bears, sometimes to the detriment of the trees.
When Jacques Cartier sailed up the broad St. Lawrence River in 1535, he became the first European to see North America’s white spruces. As he laid claim to the lands he beheld, he proclaimed them to be “as beautiful…as one could wish for.” The trees, he said, were “the finest trees in the world.”
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