Definition of Engelmann spruce in English:

Engelmann spruce

(also Engelmann's spruce)


  • A tall spruce found in the mountains of western North America and Mexico.

    Picea engelmannii, family Pinaceae

    • ‘For example, Franzreb found that birds preferred Douglas fir, white fir, and Engelmann spruce over other available tree species with distinctly different growth forms.’
    • ‘‘Whitebark is a slow-growing tree that doesn't compete well with other conifers, especially more shade-tolerant trees like subalpine fir and Engelmann spruce,’ she adds.’
    • ‘In the Chilcotin, a Switzerland-size plateau on the dry, inland side of the Coast Mountains, forests of Engelmann spruce, Douglas fir, and lodgepole pine are systematically mowed down.’
    • ‘About 90 acres of burned woods were reforested in 2004; this year 30,000 lodgepole pine and Engelmann spruce will be planted to reforest 100 more, benefiting both watershed conditions and wildlife.’
    • ‘Montane forest has lodgepole pine and Engelmann spruce, with Douglas fir often found on north slopes and ponderosa pine on south slopes.’
    • ‘Five miles up the trail the tree line - a stunted patchwork of subalpine firs and Engelmann spruces - was already behind me.’
    • ‘At 10,600 feet, they spot her, a lynx, alive and well and lying against a knotted Engelmann spruce.’
    • ‘A hike through a cool, old-growth forest of Douglas fir or Engelmann spruce is a timeless experience.’


Mid 19th century: named after George Engelmann (1809–84), American botanist.


Engelmann spruce