One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fast-growing North American spruce tree, widely cultivated for its strong lightweight timber.
Picea sitchensis, family Pinaceae
- ‘The spokesman said that the relative dominance of the Sitka spruce will decrease as other species are planted.’
- ‘The Sitka spruce were thriving in the wet climates, many of their branches twisted making the forest mysterious and eerie.’
- ‘Ancient giants - Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, red and yellow western cedar - took root long before Columbus arrived in North America and tower a hundred metres skyward.’
- ‘Forests of mostly Sitka and Norway spruce are felled.’
- ‘Closer to the sea, where the terrain is smoother, forests of Sitka spruce and western hemlock have developed.’
- ‘While Sitka spruce can withstand the ravages inflicted by deer, other species are not so hardy.’
- ‘When the explorers reached the Northern Rockies and the Pacific Northwest, they found alien forests of Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, and other conifers instead of the familiar broadleaf woods of the East.’
- ‘The Octopus Tree, an ancient Sitka spruce with massive branches that rise up around a low central trunk like the arms of a candelabra, is a five-minute walk from the parking lot.’
- ‘The forests of the Pacific Northwest and northern California are known for giant ancient trees such as Sitka spruce and sequoia (redwoods).’
- ‘With towering Sitka spruce surrounding us and a soft rain beginning to fall, we unloaded our gear bags.’
- ‘The plantation consists of Norway and Sitka spruce and felling is due to begin in 2 years time.’
- ‘It can take a crop of Sitka spruce approximately 35 years to reach maturity.’
Late 19th century: named after Sitka, a town in Alaska.
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