Spruce: (Picea pungens)

Spruce: (Picea pungens)


Northern New England to the Lake States and Montana and northward into Alaska.

General Description

High strength-to-weight ratio and resonant qualities of clear lumber are attributes that have traditionally made Sitka spruce wood valuable for specialty uses.


Widely available.

Working Properties

Wood - light, soft, close grained, weak, brittle and often full of knots.

Main Uses

Spruce is one of the most important woods for paper manufacture, as it has long wood fires which bind together to make strong paper. Spruces are cultivated over vast areas for this purpose. Other uses include general construction work and crates to highly specialised uses in wooden aircraft and stringed musical instruments including guitars, mandolins, cellos, and violins.