Definition of Engelmann spruce in English:

Engelmann spruce

(also Engelmann's spruce)

noun

  • A tall spruce found in the mountains of western North America and Mexico.

    Picea engelmannii, family Pinaceae

    • ‘Montane forest has lodgepole pine and Engelmann spruce, with Douglas fir often found on north slopes and ponderosa pine on south slopes.’
    • ‘In the Chilcotin, a Switzerland-size plateau on the dry, inland side of the Coast Mountains, forests of Engelmann spruce, Douglas fir, and lodgepole pine are systematically mowed down.’
    • ‘Five miles up the trail the tree line - a stunted patchwork of subalpine firs and Engelmann spruces - was already behind me.’
    • ‘A hike through a cool, old-growth forest of Douglas fir or Engelmann spruce is a timeless experience.’
    • ‘At 10,600 feet, they spot her, a lynx, alive and well and lying against a knotted Engelmann spruce.’
    • ‘About 90 acres of burned woods were reforested in 2004; this year 30,000 lodgepole pine and Engelmann spruce will be planted to reforest 100 more, benefiting both watershed conditions and wildlife.’
    • ‘‘Whitebark is a slow-growing tree that doesn't compete well with other conifers, especially more shade-tolerant trees like subalpine fir and Engelmann spruce,’ she adds.’
    • ‘For example, Franzreb found that birds preferred Douglas fir, white fir, and Engelmann spruce over other available tree species with distinctly different growth forms.’

Origin

Mid 19th century named after George Engelmann (1809–84), American botanist.

Pronunciation

Engelmann spruce

/ˈɛŋɡ(ə)lmən/