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Red male cones. Female rufous brown catkins, cigar-shaped and hanging, up to 15cm long. Wind pollinated.
The female flowers develop into green cones, which then grow and become reddish-brown. The cones have roundish to diamond-shaped scales.
A coniferous, evergreen tree. Short, 4-angled, pointed, needle-like leaves. Maximum length is 2.5cm.
60 meters tall.
The male catkins can be eaten, raw or cooked, while young. The seeds can be eaten, raw. The young female cones can also be eaten, cooked.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
The needles are sweet-smelling.
European Spruce, German Spruce, Norwegian Spruce.
Heathland, mountains, woodland.