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Free Images of Trees - Red Spruce 

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Spruce trees are part of the Picea genus in the Pinaceae family.  There are about 35 different species.  Easily distinquishable, spruce trees grow in a triangular, cone shape and can reach heights up to 200 feet.  They are well-loved for their added beauty to the landscape with their bushy evergreen boughs.  

Do not confuse the Spruce with a Fir tree.  While most Fir tree branches look like their needles are growing out from the sides and have a flattened appearance, Spruce tree needles grow all around the branch and branchlets.  Under a microscope, the cross-section of a spruce needles appear square, while fir needles look flat.  The only exception to this if the Norway Spruce.

 

Red Spruce

Picea rubens is commonly known as a "Red, Eastern or Yellow Spruce".  It is very similar to the White Spruce.  Also, the Red Spruce often hybridizes with its close relative the Black Spruce.  Hybrids share similar characteristics and make identification difficult.  If I have identified this species incorrectly, please do let me know.

Red spruce trees have four-sided, yellowish green needles that are 10 to 16 millimetres in length.  Cones grow to be 3 5 centimetres long.  This species of tree is typically found in the Canadian Shield.

 

 

Picea rubens Red Spruce tree branch.

Red Spruce - 1

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Red Spruce branch with Redheaded Pine Sawfly larvae.

Red Spruce - 2

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Look closely at the image above.  On the two lower left branches there are two larvae of the Redheaded Pine Sawfly (Neodiprion lecontei). Look for a black and yellow striped caterpillar with a red head. Damage from this species can usually be seen in pine plantations and on small trees in natural forests.  Attacks can result in defoliation, growth reduction and tree mortality.  Larvae feed primarily on the foliage of previous years, but they may also attack new needles and even the tender bark of twigs.

In July, the young larvae eat the outer portion of the needles and later, the older larvae finish off the entire needle.

 

Branch of Red Spruce tree.

Red Spruce - 3

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Branches and bark of coniferous Red Spruce Tree.

Red Spruce - 4

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Red Spruce Tree Picea rubens

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Picea rubens Red Spruce cone.

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The Wonder 
of Trees


 

 

 

"Even if I knew 
that tomorrow 
the world 
would go to pieces, 
I would still plant 
my apple tree."

~ Martin Luther ~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I think that I 
shall never see
A poem as lovely
as a tree.

A tree whose hungry 
mouth is pressed,
Against the earth's 
sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks 
at God all day
And lifts her leafy 
arms to pray;

A tree that may 
in Summer wear
A nest of robins
 in her hair;

Upon whose bosom 
snow has lain;
Who intimately 
lives with rain.

Poems are made 
by fools like me,
but only God 
can make a tree."

~ Joyce Kilmer ~
"Trees" 1914

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The best time
to plant a tree
was 20 years ago.
The next best
time is now."

~ Chinese Proverb ~

 

 

 

 

 

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