Native to 🇨🇦 Canada, Alaska, and northernmost continental 🇺🇸 USA;  an important part of the taiga (boreal forest).   Part of spruce  genus Picea and 🌲︎ cedar / fir / hemlock / larch / pine / spruce  family Pinaceae.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Picea hosts caterpillars of 158 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

Black spruce 🔥︎ burns very well.  It is the primary tree burned in the 2016 Fort McMurray Horse River wildfire.

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