Elite sitka (also known as seed‐orchard sitka) is a seedling grown directly from specially selected seed. The seed is produced in a seed-orchard composed of parent plants chosen for their genetic superiority. Due to the fact that each seed is produced by different parents some genetic variation exists in finished stock however Elite Sitka will consistently outperform standard material without the high cost of vegetative production. Sitka spruce; the largest species of spruce, the Sitka is of major economic importance as a timber production tree, prized for its straight growth habit. Named after the town of Sitka, Alaska the tree was introduced to the UK as a forestry species in 1831. At Christie-Elite, one of our most popular products is genetically improved Sitka spruce.