The stem is described as being pinkish-brown, glabrous and sometimes glaucous. Color can be relative I guess as I usually see more of a chalky white color. If you look closely at this image you will see the chalky, light colored stem peeking through the foliage.
Karren Wcisel, TreeTopics.com
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Pinaceae, tree, conifer, cone, needle, evergreen, Picea glauca, white spruce