Botanical Name:Picea glauca
Common Name:white spruce
Family Name:Pinaceae – pine family
General Description:Picea glauca is a large evergreen conifer widely distributed across the northern parts of North America. It is not, however, native to the Chicago area. The straight species is not considered highly ornamental compared to other spruces but with its ability to withstand cold, heat, wind and drought it is a very serviceable tree especially when used as a wind break. There are a few varieties and cultivars available in the trade. The most commonly used cultivar is Picea Glauca 'Conica' (sometimes listed as P. glauca var. conica).
Resources Consulted:Dirr, Michael A. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses. Champaign: Stipes, 2009. Print.
"The PLANTS Database." USDA, NRCS. National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA, 2014. Web. 19 Feb. 2014.
Creator:Julia Fitzpatrick-Cooper, Professor, College of DuPage
Keywords/Tags:Pinaceae, tree, conifer, cone, needle, evergreen, Picea glauca, white spruce