Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database

Picea sitchensis

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Species Name: Picea sitchensis
Common Name: Sitka Spruce

A very tall and long-lived tree (over 800 years!) native to the northern CA coast. Would probably do best here on the coast with regular and deep water.

Plant Family: Pinaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 130' to 150' tall
Growth Habit: Tall, erect
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Part sun to shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Inconspicuous
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: North Coast
Natural Habitat: Moist soils near mouths of coatal rivers, below 600'


Care and Maintenance

  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Tall, handsome tree with wide spreading rigid branches, drooping branchlets and rich green foliage. The trunk of the tree is a beautiful reddish brown. found near the ocean in Mendocino County and from there northward to Alaska. In Southern California it should be given a north exposure. 5 gallon cans, $2.50 to $3.50."
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