This rare, attractive spruce can grow to over 130 feet (40 meters). It is easily recognizable by its drooping branchlets.
Attached to drooping twigs. You can identify this spruce by these
distinctive long branchlets that can droop to a length of several feet.
Brewer Spruce needles are not as thick and not as sharp as other native
native spruces. They spread from all sides of the twig like other
spruces. Young trees don't show drooping twigs for 10-20 years.
The cones are generally larger than the cones on Sitka spruce
and Engelmann spruce. And unlike the cones of
these spruces, Brewer spruce cones have scales with round
smooth edges. They look more like mountain hemlock cones but are about twice the length.
The bark is similar to other spruces, redish-brown with thin gray
it grows: This rare and
unusual spruce grows only in a few locations in southwest Oregon and
northwest California at elevations above 3000 feet.
species is named for American botanist William Henry Brewer, who
discovered it. Another
common name: Weeping spruce, describing its drooping twigs, which bring
to mind a weeping willow.