Geographical origins: Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina, discovered in 1875, introduced in Europe en 1889.
Adult dimensions: Height up to 30 m, can reach up to 50 m in certain countries. Width up to 5 m.
Foliage: Evergreen, it is one of the last Spruces with flat needles.
Soil Type: Not particularly fussy about the soil, the Serbian Spruce also tolerates dry and chalky soils.
Hardiness: Hardy to -28°C.
Exposure: Full sun.
Properties and uses:
The Serbian Spruce ( Picea omorika) is easily recognised with its narrow weeping shape. Its fruits are conical. Of a bluish- purple color, they stay on the tree for approximately one year. The Serbian Spruce ( Picea omorika) is extremely resistant to industrial pollution. It will provide an elegant focal point in the landscape. It will evidently only be planted in large spaces.
List of Spruces:
• Colorado Spruce (Picea pungens), bluish needles, conical shape, dislikes chalky soil
• Dwarf Alberta White Spruce (Picea Glauca 'Conica'), dwarf conifer, light green soft needles in spring and grey green in winter, wide conical shape
• Norway Spruce (Picea abies), dislikes chalky soil
• Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis), green and silvery grey needles, wide shape