This slow growing tree, named for a German-Amerian physician and conifer authority from St. Louis, MO (George Engelmann, 1809-1884), showcases dark, blue-green foliage from top to bottom, short, compact branches, and a very narrow, spire-like form, perfect for sloughing off snow. Engelmann Spruce is usually a high elevation species, widely distributed throughout the montains of the western United States and Canada, from central British Columbia and Alberta, throughout the Cascades and Rockies, and as far south as New Mexico and Arizona.
The Engelmann Spruce grows in one of the highest and coldest forest environments in the western U.S., and is one of the largest high-mountain species, achieving typical heights of around 100 feet tall, and exceptional heights of more than twice that height with trunks several feet in diameter. Despite its native alpine environment, this adaptable species can be cultivated in a wide range of locations — even in Hawai’i, for instance. The 1″ to 3″-long cones have a thin, feathery quality and are pale tan in color, creating a striking contrast to the tree’s dark, brooding foliage. This tree performs best in well-drained, loamy, organic, acidic soils in full sun. It tolerates wind quite well, and can thus be successfully used in windbreak plantings.
When crushed, Engelmann Spruce needles have a rank, stinky smell. Native Americans used this tree extensively for everything from constructino materials to medicine. They even used the powerful-smelling needles, which they transformed into incense, perfume, and cleaning agents. Today, the wood from the Engelmann Spruce is appreciated mainly for its tremendous resonant qualities, which make it highly desirable for use in crafting piano sounding boards, guitars, harps, and violins.
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Grow your own Engelmann Spruce (Picea engelmannii), one of the largest high-mountain species in the western U.S.!
100% guaranteed: If your seedling perishes, we are happy to provide a replacement small-sized seedling for just the cost of shipping/handling ($4.60)
Seed-grown without poison or pesticides at our nursery on California’s Redwood Coast
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Trees can provide a natural barrier against high winds, temperatures, noise pollution and soil erosion, all while benefiting local air quality, wildlife and property values — a Jonsteen seedling will only grow in value and beauty!