Mo says: I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree

Mo Says!!

The CFFs have a direct line to Mo so if you've got a question they can relay it to Mo for the answer!!  

Dear CFFS, Please ask Mo: what is the state tree of Alaska?

Arbor fan in Anchorage

Dear Arbor fan:

Mo Says the state tree of Alaska is the SITKA SPRUCE (picea sitchensis), also known as the as the Coast Spruce, Tideland Spruce and Yellow Spruce.


The SITKA SPRUCE averages 215 feet tall and 6 feet in diameter. The seed cones are wavy, papery scales with ragged edges; reddish to yellowish-brown pollen and the cones are red. The needles are 4 sided, bluish-green, stiff and sharp. There are two white lines on both upper and lower surfaces arranged spirally along twigs. The bark is thin, scaly, brown or purplish grey. The wood is light, soft, strong, and flexible. Its main uses are general construction, ship building, plywood, musical instruments, and airplane construction. Oh--and S&C are THE story.