SILVER SPRUCE

silver_spruce> BOTANICAL NAMES
Picea menziesii. It belongs to the family of Pinaceae.

> TRADE NAMES
Silver spruce, Abete di Sitha – Italy
Epicéa de Sitka – France
Silver spruce – England

> ORIGINAL NAMES
Menzies spruce, Coast spruce – Canada
Tideland spruce – U.S.A.

> GROWTH AREA
This kind of tree develops in the area of pacific coast, from California to Alaska, until Canada, in mixed groups together with Douglasia, Hemlock and other conifers.

> TECHNOLOGIC FEATURES
The sapwood and the heartwood are difficulty distinguished. The heartwood is light dark reddish. Its structure is generally straight and regular. It is not very resistant to atmospheric agents and it is liable to insect attacks. It doesn’t contain resin.

> SPECIFIC WEIGHT
At the 15% of moisture content, the specific weight of Silver spruce could be value of about 430 kg/mc.

> DRYING METHOD
Artificial drying can be easily and quickly processed, since the risk of degrading through splitting and warping is very low.

> MAIN USES AND WORKING
The Silver Spruce, as all the species of this family, is considered a very good wood for interior design, to panel, for furniture, musical instruments, boxes and small cases.