The Spruce is a coniferous evergreen belonging to the Family Pinaceae. Within the family are about 35 different species, found in the northern and boreal regions of the world. They can be distinguished from other evergreens by their whorled branches and conical form, and can mature to heights of 65 – 195 feet (20 - 60 meters). The needles of the tree are visually different from other evergreens in that they attached singly to the branches in a spiral fashion.
Due to their symmetrical narrow-conic growth, the Spruces are popular ornamental trees, which are admired within the horticultural industry for their beauty. While it is not as highly regarded as the Firs for Christmas Trees, many patrons do choose the Spruce as their Christmas Tree of choice. They additionally are important to the paper industry due to the woods’ fiber structure which allows them to produce strong paper.