black spruce


Definition of black spruce

: a widely distributed spruce (Picea mariana) of northern North America that grows chiefly in moist soils and bogs

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The fire is burning in higher alpine areas where the fuel is grass and lichen, rather than highly flammable stands of black spruce and other trees. Jeff Parrott, Anchorage Daily News, "Fire updates: Hess Creek fire continues to grow, Swan Lake fire conditions improve," 11 July 2019 The burning is an ecological benefit for the area, Casey said, because the black spruce trees there are part of a fire-dependent ecosystem. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Firefighters halt Swan Lake fire’s growth toward Sterling, work to keep blaze away from highway," 22 June 2019 Peatlands support fewer and smaller black spruce trees. Ian Willms, National Geographic, "Tree-planting programs can do more harm than good," 26 Apr. 2019 Advertising When the ballpark opened to rave reviews in 2010, one of the most popular features among fans was the row of 14 black spruce trees that stood behind center field. Dave Campbell, The Seattle Times, "Spruced up: Twins try juniper plants for CF backdrop," 25 Mar. 2019 Over the next several days, their progress is marked by the phantasmic puffs of white powder that rise from the valley’s black spruce, dust kicked up as the RAB jackhammers into the ground and busts up everything in its path. Genesee Keevil, Popular Mechanics, "The Rush: What the World's Greatest Gold Prospector Knows," 17 May 2018 Types of trees sold The tree farm offers five different types of Wisconsin Christmas trees, including Fraser fir, Balsam fir, White pine, Scotch pine and spruce, including Colorado, white and black spruce. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Noffke Tree Farm celebrates 65 years in the Christmas tree business," 14 Dec. 2017 Eucalyptus is Lohman’s shower go-to, but laurel leaf, black spruce, and pine can also contain your cough. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "4 Genius Ways Essential Oils Can Ease Congestion And Cough Better Than Over-The-Counter Meds," 20 Oct. 2017 So too, at varying frequencies, do lodgepole pines in Montana and Idaho, black spruce in Minnesota, and pitch pines in New Jersey. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "What If Our Forests Don't Come Back?," 9 May 2018

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1741, in the meaning defined above

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