oriental spruce

Picea orientalis | Also known as: Caucasian spruce, Eastern spruce | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

The cones from an oriental spruce sturn from red to purple to brown. At which point you can serve ice cream in them.

The exotic allure of Picea orientalis or oriental spruce is hard to resist. This eastern delight is a sure way to add a touch of magic to your garden. The gorgeous needle-like foliage is a lustrous dark green and forms a striking juxtaposition to the red and purple cones which turn brown when mature. Oriental spruce is a species that likes to shine, so it makes sense that it prefers full sunlight where its stunning colouring can be shown to best effect. Ideally the soil should be acidic or neutral with good drainage and kept moist. Oriental spruce is a magnificent species that can hold its own as the centre of attention but it looks equally sensational as a screen or within a flower bed. Regardless of where it is planted, like a truly mysterious and exotic beauty, oriental spruce will gather more than its fair share of admiring glances.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 30
Spread [m]
  • 6 - 8
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
  • grafting
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Broadly columnar
  • Conical
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-8
Heat zone
  • H8-5
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -7
Heat days
  • 30 - 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
  • Tough survivors
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Park
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
  • Architectural
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 30 years or longer
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