Spruce: A Truly Magnificent Sight

One of the most popular ornamental conifers, the spruce is a truly magnificent sight!

 

Perhaps Donald Culrose Peattie described it best in A Natural History of Western Trees. "This insistently pretty tree displays its charms of tier on tier of branches graduated in perfect symmetry from the longest boughs that sweep the ground to the slender but strong top."

Its coloring and perfect Christmas tree shape make this tree a great landscaping focal point on commercial and residential properties. It is also widely used for privacy or a windbreak.

In the mountains of western Sweden scientists have found a spruce tree, which has reached an age of 9,550 years and is claimed to be the world's oldest known living tree.