Oriental Spruce
Picea orientalis

Family: Pinaceae (py-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Picea (PY-see-uh) (Info)
Species: orientalis (or-ee-en-TAY-liss) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Conifers

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Brown/Bronze

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Paris, Kentucky

Versailles, Kentucky

Cincinnati, Ohio

Middletown, Ohio

Perry, Ohio

Media, Pennsylvania

Suffolk, Virginia

Bainbridge Island, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Apr 6, 2012, DixieFir from Suffolk, VA wrote:

This tree is said to grow in zone 7. It indeed does, but is rarely planted due to availabililty. Very slow grower, but can take direct sun in zone 7.

Positive

On Feb 2, 2008, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Oriental spruce pretty much ranks as the queen of ornamental conifers for the lower midwest and the Ohio River valley. It is exceptionally well-adapted to the conditions found here, and has been used for a really long time as a landscape specimen throughout the grounds of estates and other large institutions. But that shouldn't steer anyone away from using this tree in more modest residential landscapes.

Oriental spruce (like its near geographical neighbor Serbian spruce) doesn't take up a lot of ground space, preferring to form a narrow pyramid or spire-like habit. This makes it quite useful for screening and height, but leaving a lot of the ground plane available for other gardening opportunities.

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