How to Draw a Spruce

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The spruce tree is a type of evergreen tree found in North America and Europe. Like a pine tree, it has needles rather than leaves, and it remains green throughout the winter. It also produces seeds in hanging cones.

The world's oldest living tree is a spruce in Sweden thought to be nearly 10,000 years old.

The word spruce is derived from the name of the region of Prussia - which included parts of modern Germany, Russia, and other nations. The area was a home to this type of tree. At one time all goods imported from Prussia were called "spruce." That is why the term "spruce up," meaning to make new or nicer, is still in use today.

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Spruce, pine, cedar, juniper, fir - to some, they're all just Christmas trees. With so many evergreen trees to choose from, how can you tell the difference?

Pine trees have multiple needles growing from a single bud. Spruce and fir both have individually growing needs, but fir needles are flat whereas spruce needles have four sides. Junipers have blue berries, and the spines of true cedars are arranged in a spiral pattern.

Would you like to draw a majestic spruce tree? This simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial makes doing so a breeze. All you will need is a pen or pencil and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​​​​ a ​Spruce

How to Draw Spruce: Step 1

1. ​​Begin by drawing the top or crown of your tree. First, draw an upside down "V" using two curved lines. Then, connect the lines at the bottom using a series of short, curved lines that meet in jagged points. The figure should be roughly triangular in shape.

How to Draw Spruce: Step 2

2. ​Next, draw a whorl, or rounded set of branches, beneath the crown. Extend a curved line downward from each side of the crown. Then, connect the lines at the bottom using a series of short, curved lines that meet in jagged points.

How to Draw Spruce: Step 3

3. ​Draw two more whorls, each a little bigger than the last. For each whorl, extend a curved line downward from each side of the previous whorl. Then, connect the lines at the bottom using a series of short, curved lines that meet in jagged points.

How to Draw Spruce: Step 4

4.​ Draw a large whorl beneath the previous. Extend a curved line downward from each side of the previous whorl, then connect the lines at the bottom using a series of short, curved lines that meet in jagged points.

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How to Draw Spruce: Step 5

5.​​ ​​Draw another whorl, using two curved lines connect by a series of short, curved lines that meet in jagged points. Notice that the whorls are no longer getting bigger than the last.

How to Draw Spruce: Step 6

6.​ ​Draw another whorl, slightly smaller than the one above it.

How to Draw Spruce: Step 7

7. ​​​​​Draw another small whorl beneath the previous section.

How to Draw Spruce: Step 8

8.​​​ ​​Draw two more whirls, returning to the custom of making them larger than the previous whorls. Notice that the middle section of the final whorl is higher than at its edges. This will allow for the trunk of the tree.

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How to Draw Spruce: Step 9

9.​​ ​Draw the spruce's trunk, using two curved lines. Indicate a fork in the branches using a "V" shaped line with a rounded point. Then, draw the ground beneath the tree. Use overlapping curved lines, complete with patches of shorter lines meeting in jagged points. These indicate tufts of grass.

How to Draw Spruce: Step 10

10. Color your spruce tree. Spruces are often dark green or even blue-green in color.

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