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Serbian Spruce Picea omorika

Phonetic Spelling
PY-see-uh oh-MOR-ee-kah
Description

One of the most attractive and adaptable spruces, this coniferous, evergreen species has thin arching branches and a slender trunk.  It grows best in cool climates, with a dry atmosphere and protection from wind.  It may not perform well in hot, humid situations, however, it may adapt to those conditions better than many other spruces.  

There are no serious problems, but may be susceptible to spider mites, aphids, budworms, and borers.  

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Nana', 'Sky Trails'
Tags:
#evergreen#conifer#winter interest#air pollution tolerant#showy fruits#deer resistant#sandy soils tolerant#clay soils tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Nana', 'Sky Trails'
Tags:
#evergreen#conifer#winter interest#air pollution tolerant#showy fruits#deer resistant#sandy soils tolerant#clay soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Picea
    Species:
    omorika
    Family:
    Pinaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southwestwern Europe
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts birds, provides cover for rabbits and birds.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Cover/Habitat
    Dimensions:
    Height: 50 ft. 0 in. - 60 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 15 ft. 0 in. - 25 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    24-60 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    Cones have finely toothed scales and hang downward. Young purple cones mature to reddish-brown.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Non-showy flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    White
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Overlapping flat needles, glossy dark green above with 2 white lines on the lower side (silvery underside), sharp-pointed
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Surface/Attachment:
    Peeling
    Bark Description:
    The thin bark cracks into scaly plates.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Description:
    Distinctive to this species, the branches are short (up to 6') and pendant. They curl upwards at the ends.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Recreational Play Area
    Woodland
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Mass Planting
    Specimen
    Street Tree
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer