|Grid reference||ST 18605 78952|
|Common name||Sitka spruce|
|Origin||NW North America|
|Marked on||1947 chart of Pinetum|
|Height||21M February 2016|
|Girth||210cm February 2016|
This tree is mid way between the Conservatory Bridge and the fork of the main path to the Rock Gardens. It is in the border alongside Lake Road East.
General tree description
Picea sitchensis is a very large, broadly conical tree, with specimens known to reach 60 metres tall. Its bark is scaly, varying in colour between purple-grey and silver-brown, and rough and fissured in old age. The leaves are 1 to 2cm long, glaucous-green needles, flat and pointed. The cones are short, up to 10cm long. They are pendulous and initially bright pink, then successively pale green, straw yellow and pale brown when mature.