The White Spruce is a conifer that exhibits medium to fast growth but is also long lived. In fact, some of these trees live to be over 300 years old. Commonly grown for pulpwood and construction grade lumber, this evergreen exhibits a very high level of wildlife value. The tree has a pyramidal, columnar shape with blue-green needles and thin, gray and scaly bark. Its cones are slender and cylindrical, maturing in one season and dropping to the ground in winter or the following spring. In its natural habitat, the White Spruce is commonly found growing along side Quaking Aspen, Paper Birch and Balsam Fir. This tree has beautiful year round color and also works as a specimen.
Fun Fact: Aboriginal people in North America used the White Spruce's strong, pliable roots to make lacings for birch bark canoes. They also used the gum (a sticky substance that leaks through wounded bark) for waterproofing the birch bark seams.