Black Spruce Of The Copper Valley: The "Dr. Seuss" Tree

Black Spruce Near Eureka On The Glenn Highway. (Photo, Country Journal) Few movies about Alaska are actually filmed here. So when peo...


Trees of the Alaska Taiga: Permafrost stunted black spruce trees
Black Spruce Near Eureka On The Glenn Highway. (Photo, Country Journal)
Few movies about Alaska are actually filmed here. So when people see an “Alaskan” scene, they’re often viewing the huge trees of British Columbia or some other part of Canada. 

Visitors are frequently surprised when they see black spruce for the first time. Gnarled and twisted, the exact opposite of the perfect Christmas tree, the black spruce is a tough little tree. 

They grow in swampy permafrost soil, and are relatively old for their size. They have a symbiotic relationship with forest fires. Only after a wildfire do their cones open to drop seeds on the ground.

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