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Red spruce - a handsome evergreen conifer


It grows in mixed forests, in the Alps and low mountain ranges, the spruce is by far the most common tree. The tree grows up to 50 meters high and has a trunk diameter of about one meter. Common conifers like spruce actually shed their old needles in late summer and fall as part of their normal life cycle.

The red spruce tree is known for its rarity and lower prevalence. In the Czech Republic, spruce got the nickname "bluetree" because its wood quickly turns blue and acquires a greyish patina. Because of the high resin content, the wood is often used for decking and siding. It is weather and rot resistant, making it a popular material for outdoor use. Its reddish-brown hue is caused by the resin ducts found in the core of the tree. Spruce wood has a light, yellowish-white to reddish colour and a silky sheen.

The annual rings of spruce can be narrow to very wide and clearly visible. The greater the width of the annual ring, the lower the density.Because of its lack of knots, it is highly valued by shipbuilders, furniture makers and carpenters. It is particularly important when using it outdoors to dry it thoroughly and to protect the fronts well from water. Chemical protection is also possible. If the wood is placed under the roof, its lifespan is estimated at around 75 years. Spruce is light and elastic at the same time. Therefore, the main advantages of spruce wood include its high hardness, durability, resistance to water and moisture. The purchase price is higher than when using classic spruce.

Did you know that spruce is a widely used medicinal product? People use the needles and the oil taken from the needles as medicine. The main nutrients are essential oils, resin and vitamin C. Put young shoots and sugar in layers in a glass. It is advisable to place lemon slices (preferably organic) on top, which serve as a preservative. Tie the bottle with cellophane. Leave in the sun for a few weeks. Then strain through a screen orcurtain and pour into smaller bottles. Then just refrigerate. Take teaspoonfuls. These remedies can be used for bronchitis, cough, throat and lung diseases. Rheumatism, cystitis, varicose veins and skin diseases, especially chilblains, can also be treated. The syrup has a very pleasant taste and is also tasty for children.

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