The state tree of Alaska, the Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchenensis) are among some of the tallest conifers in the world, with most reaching 200-300 feet tall. Thanks to the temperate seasons and the moist ocean air on the coasts of Alaska, these are very fast growing trees; they thrive in wet soil and can tolerate salt water spray.
Sitka spruce wood is light and soft while also strong and flexible, and is the most important timber wood in Alaska. It is used to make sounding boards for guitars and pianos, as well as papermaking, sailboat masts, aircraft components, ladders, oars, and other general construction purposes.
These tall trees provide excellent roosting spots for bald eagles and peregrine falcons, while deer, porcupines, elk, bear, rabbits, and hares love to snack on the foliage. #sitkaspruce #piceastichensis #alaskan #flora #nature #takeitintheface