Brewer's weeping spruce

Picea breweriana | Also known as: Brewer's spruce | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Garden design can be tough but there’s no need to weep with frustration if you introduce picea breweriana or brewer’s weeping spruce to your outdoor space. The marvellous texture and appearance of this mid-sized tree will brighten your mood instantly. Brewer’s weeping spruce has a roughly conical shape with drooping needle-like foliage that is dark green and it produces cones in shades of brown to purple. This tree likes moist sandy, loamy and clay soils that offer good drainage. Grow it in a location that receives full sunlight and somewhere where its dramatic appearance can be displayed to perfection, for instance as a standalone feature in a lawn where it will draw many intrigued garden visitors who will find it hard to resist running their fingers through its alluring dense foliage.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 10 - 15
Spread [m]
  • 3 - 4
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Conical
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z6-8
Heat zone
  • H8-6
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -23 - -7
Heat days
  • 45 - 120
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Conifers
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
  • Bonsai
  • For every season
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Park
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
  • Architectural
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 30 years or longer