The Sitka Spruce is a tall, evergreen conifer originally from the west coast of North America. It was introduced into the UK in 1831 and has become our most widely planted forest tree. Between the 1950s and 1980s, it was notoriously planted in large, regimented, dark and uniform forests.
How to identify?
Spruce trees differ from firs by having downwards hanging cones, and from pine trees by having shorter needles. The Sitka Spruce has shorter cones than the Norway Spruce.