Definition of Sitka spruce in US English:

Sitka spruce


  • A fast-growing spruce tree of the northern Pacific coast of North America, widely cultivated in Britain for its strong lightweight timber.

    Picea sitchensis, family Pinaceae

    • ‘With towering Sitka spruce surrounding us and a soft rain beginning to fall, we unloaded our gear bags.’
    • ‘The forests of the Pacific Northwest and northern California are known for giant ancient trees such as Sitka spruce and sequoia (redwoods).’
    • ‘While Sitka spruce can withstand the ravages inflicted by deer, other species are not so hardy.’
    • ‘Closer to the sea, where the terrain is smoother, forests of Sitka spruce and western hemlock have developed.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘The plantation consists of Norway and Sitka spruce and felling is due to begin in 2 years time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It can take a crop of Sitka spruce approximately 35 years to reach maturity.’
    • ‘Forests of mostly Sitka and Norway spruce are felled.’


Late 19th century: named after Sitka, a town in Alaska.


Sitka spruce

/ˈsitkə spro͞os/