Spermatophytes (seed plants): Gymnosperms (non-flowering plants): Conifers: Pinales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Learn more about Picea from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
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JK Marlow jkm0405b_21
May Rutherford County NC
Chimney Rock Park
Leaves 4-sided, pointed, attached to peglike bases on twigs, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.
COMPARE needles of Fir, Hemlock and Spruce
Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_picea_abies
Cones are pendent, red-brown to gray, over 10cm long, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.
COMPARE conifers (not including Pines)
JK Marlow jkm060711_103
July Fayette County WV
Babcock State Park
Drooping of twigs & branchlets on lower limbs apparent only on mature trees, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.
Non-native: northern Europe
Documented growing wild in - NC -
Look for it to be persisting and escaping from forestry plantations at moderate or high elevations, per Weakley's Flora
Leaves needle-like, 4-sided
Needles not in bundles, arranged on all sides of twig (less dense below)
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Trees of the Southeastern United States p037
- Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge p02
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide p236