red spruce


Definition of red spruce

: a spruce (Picea rubens) of the eastern U.S. and Canada that has pubescent twigs and yellowish-green needles and is an important source of lumber and pulpwood

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These trends have helped red spruce forests in New England and some fish populations, for example, recover from acid rain damage. National Geographic, "Acid rain, explained," 12 June 2019 North of Fayetteville, Dolly Sods Wilderness Area is full of red spruce, cold creeks, and massive views of the Allegheny Mountains. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Road Trips in North America," 10 June 2019 The gray trunks of red spruce trees killed by acid rain once heavily scarred the mountain forests of the Northeast. Lisa Rathke, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pollution regulations decrease acid rain, spur red spruce rebound," 11 July 2018 But decades later, not all the environmental damage is turning around at the pace of the red spruce. Lisa Rathke, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pollution regulations decrease acid rain, spur red spruce rebound," 11 July 2018 White pines, lodgepoles and red spruce grew along the shoreline. Porter Fox, New York Times, "On a Canoe Trip Along the U.S.-Canada Border, Solitude and Shooting Stars," 20 June 2018 Several millenia ago, the red spruce-fir forest dominated Southeastern United States. Michael J. Bailey,, "Rhododendron rhapsody on Roan Mountain," 9 May 2018 The squirrel makes its home at elevations above 5,000 feet in conifers like red spruce and Fraser firs on north-facing slopes. Karen Chávez, USA TODAY, "Blue Ridge Parkway views get major restoration with 'Renew the Views' project," 15 Apr. 2018 The National Taiwan University operates an experimental forest here with towering cedars, red spruce, Hinoki cypress and tortoise-shell bamboo. Smithsonian, "Explore 10 of @We_Are_Now_In_'s Favorite Landscapes Around Taiwan:," 29 June 2017

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1740, in the meaning defined above

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