West Highland Flora

Sitka Spruce


Picea sitchensis

 

Picea sitchensis

Photo Carl Farmer
22 Feb 2003 Glenvarragill, Skye

Planted on a large scale for forestry; self-sown seedlings common in or near the forests, and occasionally up to a mile from nearest planted specimen.

Mature tree up to c 40 m tall.  Leaves c 15-25 mm long.

ID: Leaves arise singly from small projections on the twig, which remain behind when the leaves fall (but not if the leaves are pulled off).  Leaves flat, sharply pointed, dark green on one side and with two pale blue lines on the other.

Other features: Cones pale brown with wavy-edged scales.

Other conifers with leaves arising from projections on twig include Norway Spruce (the usual Christmas Tree) with four-angled leaves and Western Hemlock with leaves narrowing to a short stalk at base.  These are occasionally planted and could produce wild seedlings.

 

Picea sitchensis

Photo Carl Farmer
22 Feb 2003 Portree, Skye

 

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