Picea Sitchensis (Sitka Spruce)- The most reliable timber tree in Britain. The Sitka Spruce will grow approximately 1 metre per year, up to a height of 80meters and will tolerate most sites and situations. Sitka spruce has a distinctive purple/grey bark and its sharp needle-like leaves are a dark green with a white underside. The timber produced from Sitka is light but strong and has a multitude for uses, from paper making to construction. This has led to Sitka playing an important role in the Uk’s timber market and the species dominates commercial timber plantations.
Cones: The female comes are light brown to white, they can be up to 10cm long with thin scales and crinkled edges.
Timber: The timber is strong and light with fine grains and is used for boxes, carpentry, paper pulp, chipboards, pit props ect.
Soil Types/Habitat: Sitka has the ability to adapt to a wide variety of site conditions. It will grow best in wet mineral sites. It is tolerant to exposed sites.