Picea glauca is a species of spruce native to boreal forests in North America, ranging from Newfoundland to central Alaska. A mature white spruce can be 80 to 140 feet tall with a trunk 3 feet in diameter. It is widely harvested for paper making and is also used to make sounding boards for pianos and violins.
- Leaves are needlelike, at least four times longer than wide.
- Needles occur singly, not in clusters.
- Buds are round or egg-shaped and have blunt tips.
- Needles are on woody projections on the stem.
- Bud scales are pressed tightly together; buds are small, less than 1/4 inch long.
- Needles have a slight gray or blue cast.