Sitka Spruce - Picea sitchensis
The largest spruce in the world, with heights that commonly can reach 200 feet and massive trunks as much as 10 feet across, this is a west coast spruce of wet habitats. Close to the coast, it tolerates salt spray, wind, and poor soils, but reaches its greatest size. It is a sought-after timber tree; thus, few old trees remain. The needles are sharp-tipped and the bracted cones up to 4 inches long. Introduced to Europe and New Zealand, it has become naturalized. In addition to the harvesting of the strong, light wood, the twigs are used in making beer and syrups.