Black spruce

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Black Spruce


Eastern Spruce (Picea rubra)

A medium-sized coniferous tree, Picea mariana, native to swampy regions of New England and eastern Canada. The black spruce produces a yellow, lightweight wood with a straight grain. It is logged primarily as pulp wood but has also been used for piles, posts and ship construction. Occasionally, the name blue spruce has incorrectly been used for black spruce.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Picea mariana; épicea noir (Fr.); bog spruce; eastern spruce; spruce pine; swamp spruce; double spruce

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 759
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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