engelmann spruce
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engelmann spruce bark
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engelmann spruce cones
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Engelmann Spruce is a medium to large evergreen tree, populating mountains or water's edge of Interior BC to Western Alberta and southward. It prefers in rich, moist soil and often grows alongside lodgepole pine, birch, aspen, subalpine fir, western larch, and western hemlock.

The crown is tall and slender with a pointed tip and branches often drooping near that bottom. The needles are flexible, bluish-green, and forward-pointing, with stripes of white dots appearing on all sides. Cones are ragged-tipped unlike its close relative the white spruce (which it interbreeds with).

Growing From Seed

Growing from seed is one of the most economical and satisfying ways to build a native plant garden. The table shows brief planting instructions, including how long and what kind of stratification this plant needs. For further information on stratification and seed preparation please refer to our article: Preparing To Grow Wild Plant Seeds

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Growing From Plants

Seedlings are a more economical option than established plants and an easier start than growing from seed. Our plants are shipped in soil blocks or plug trays. Plants do surprizingly well in the mail but need special care upon arrival. Please see Planting Mail Order Seedlings for information on how to plant and care for seedlings.


We currently ship within the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, and it usually takes 2-5 business days in the mail once shipped. Seeds ship year-round. Plants are generally available from May to September and can be reserved during off season; Shipping costs are calculated during checkout. Seed orders over $100 ship free! See Shipping for more details.