Picea glauca, White Spruce, Cat Spruce

Picea glauca, (Picea canadensis), White Spruce, Cat Spruce. Sometimes called cat spruce because, when crushed leaves smell like cat urine. Widely used by native groups throughout its range in cooler regions of North America. The pitch, like that of many conifers, was applied to cuts, wounds, scabs, and sores. Inner bark used similarly, also as a cough remedy, treatment for diarrhea. Branches and leaves extensively used as a fumigant for ceremonial purposes. A very important medicinal tree.

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