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Picea polita  

Common Name: 
Tigertail Spruce   
Family: Pinaceae 

Collection Number: 409
Entry Author: K. Rice
An evergreen tree up to 100 feet high with greyish brown bark deeply fissured.
Needles: Stiff lustrous green leaves bear a sharp point at their tips.
Cones: Cylindrical, red-purple
Bark: Grey-brown, deeply fissured and peeling off in scales
Branching Pattern: Branchlets stout, brown, glabrous, deeply grooved.
Height: 100 feet 
Conditions/Habitat/Kind of Forest: This species is found scattered in the cool temperate forests.
Range: Japan: Pacific Ocean side of C Honshu (westward from Fukushima Prefecture), Shikoku and Kyushu.
Hardiness Zone:
Ecological Interactions: Hemlock Woolly Adelgid 
Conservation Status-US/ World Wide:  Low risk of becoming endangered.
Uses (Human): The wood is used for buildings, paper pulp as well as an ornamental tree.


The American Confer Society

Canadian Food and Inspection Agency

The Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN)

Gymnosperm Database, University of Bonn

Tree Encyclopedia


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Last updated 01/19/05