Immature female cones - cooked. The central portion, when roasted, is sweet and syrupy. Inner bark - dried, ground into a powder and then used as a thickener in soups etc or added to cereals when making bread. An emergency food, it is only used when all else fails. Seed - raw. Too small and fiddly to be worthwhile unless you are desperate.A refreshing tea, rich in vitamin C, can be made from the young shoot tips.
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Cuttings of semi-ripe terminal shoots, 5 - 8cm long, August in a frame. Protect from frost. Forms roots in the spring. Cuttings of mature terminal shoots, 5 - 10cm long, September/October in a cold frame. Takes 12 months.Cuttings of soft to semi-ripe wood, early summer in a frame. Slow but sure.
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In some upland areas, especially over granitic or other base-poor soils, growth rate and health have been seriously affected by aluminium poisoning induced by acid rain. Plants are strongly outbreeding, self-fertilized seed usually grows poorly. They hybridize freely with other members of this genus. There are a number of named forms selected for their ornamental value, most of these are dwarf cultivars. A fast growing tree from its second year of growth. Two to three years after planting out new shoots 1 metre long may be produced. Growth takes place from mid-May to the end of July. Height increase is moderate over a long term basis, averaging around 50cm a year. Trees should be planted into their permanent positions when they are quite small, between 30 and 90cm. Larger trees will check badly and hardly put on any growth for several years. This also badly affects root development and wind resistance. Occasionally planted as a timber tree in Britain, it produces almost the same bulk of timber as the Norway spruce (Picea abies) but is more frost tolerant and can be grown in frosty hollows because it comes into leaf quite late and it is not damaged by late frosts. This species is widely cultivated as a timber tree in regions too dry or liable to late frosts for P. sitchensis to do well.This species is notably susceptible to honey fungus.
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