My Colby-Sawyer Experience

“My Capstone experience allowed me to ask questions that have not yet been answered and actively engage in finding answers to them.”
Evelina Simanonyte, Psychology major

175th Celebration

In 2012 the college celebrated 175 years as an institution of teaching and learning. Visit the 175th website for more information and to view photos of the events.

Black Spruce Picea mariana
Pine Pinaceae family

Leaves: Short needles mostly 1/4" to 7/16" long, blue-green, sometimes with a white powder. Twigs are hairy (you may need a hand lens to see this).

Flowers/Fruit: Cones are usually less than 1-1/4"long, somewhat grey-brown with scale edges rather ragged. Cones usually remain on tree for several years and are more abundant near the crown of the tree, forming dense clusters.

Twigs/Bark: Twigs are noticibly dark brown to black which help in distinguishing this spruce from other family members. Bark is thin, scaly, and grayish brown. Dead braches persist on the tree for several years.

Form/Habitat: Black spruce is found in wet, acidic environments such as bogs. Low mat-like forms are found in northern mountains, especially where exposed to severe winds and cold. Small to medium sized for the spruce family and slow growing, height is commonly 25'-30' and diameter at breast height (dbh) 1'-2'.

NWI Status: FACW

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