Brewer’s Spruce

The Brewer’s spruce, known as Picea breweriana, is a rare and captivating evergreen tree native to coastal regions in California and Oregon. It stands out with its gracefully pendulous branches and striking appearance.

The Appearance

A medium-sized evergreen conifer with a narrow, conical shape and drooping branchlets. It has dark green needles and produces small, cylindrical cones.


The Produce

Brewer's Spruce produces small, cylindrical cones that are typically around 2 to 4 inches in length. The cones are pendulous, meaning they hang downward from the branches.


The Flowers

Produces small, reddish flowers in spring, followed by small, cylindrical cones.


The Leaves

The needles are typically sharp and stiff, about 1.5 to 3 centimetres long, with a dark green to bluish-green hue.


The Bark

The bark is gray-brown and scaly, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found in mountainous regions and forests.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and mammals. The dense foliage offers excellent cover.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental appeal and timber. Often planted in parks and large gardens.


Fun Facts

Brewer’s Spruce is named after William Henry Brewer, an American botanist known for his exploration of the Sierra Nevada.

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