Sitka Spruce: Alaska state tree is a prickly partner for many industries

Someone asked me this week why Alaska’s state tree could not be used for a Christmas tree. My answer: “Have you ever tried to carry one of those? Ouch!” The Sitka spruce (or Picea sitchensis) is the tallest in the spruce family, and looks quite noble towering above its cousin the Black spruce in Southcentral […]