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Picea polita  

Common Name: 
Tigertail Spruce   
        
Family: Pinaceae 
  

Collection Number: 409
Entry Author: K. Rice
Description: 
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:
 5
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.

References:

The American Confer Society
http://www.conifersociety.org/database.html

Canadian Food and Inspection Agency
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/sci/surv/data/adetsue.shtml

The Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN)
http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/taxon.pl?28322

Gymnosperm Database, University of Bonn
http://www.botanik.uni-bonn.de/conifers/pi/pic/torano.htm


Tree Encyclopedia
http://www005.upp.so-net.ne.jp/goostake/GOO/XBARAMOM.HTM



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