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Spruce, Serbian

Picea omorika

Pinaceae - Pine

Description

Leaves: Needles borne singly; about 1/2" to 1" long; sharp-pointed; evergreen; dark green above; silver- green bands beneath; somewhat flattened in cross-section but ridged.

Twigs/buds: Twigs dark green on top, whitish-green underneath, hairy. 

Flowers/fruit: Monoecious.  Fruit a papery cone that hangs down; 1-1/4" to 2" long; reddish brown when mature; scale edges rounded, entire.

Bark: Dark brown; thin, scaly.

Wood: Popular as an ornamental, though sometimes harvested as timber in Europe and the U.S.; similar to P. abies; little information available.

General: Native to southeastern Europe.  Potentially a large tree.  Fairly tough tree adapted to a wide variety of soils and sites.  Likes some shelter; fairly cold hardy; shade tolerant.

Landscape Use: Very desirable spruce with nice foliage.  Rarely planted in Utah, but deserves more use.  Doing well at the LDS Conference Center in SLC and at the Utah Botanical Center.  Zones 4-7.

Cultivars: 'Expansa', 'Machala', 'Nana', 'Pendula'.
 

Characteristics

General

Family:
Pinaceae - Pine
Cultivar Availability:
Yes
Hardiness Zone:
4-7
Type:
Conifer
Utah Native:
No

Growth

Growth Rate:
Low
Mature Height:
High
Longevity:
High
Is Good Under Power Lines:
No
Crown Shape:
Pyramidal

Ornamental

Bark:
No
Fall Color:
No
Flowers:
No
Foliage:
Yes
Fruit:
No

Tolerence

Shade:
High
Salt:
Medium
Drought:
Medium
Poor Drainage:
Low
Alkalinity:
Medium
Transplanting:
Medium