Serbian spruce

Picea omorika | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

Time to spruce up your garden? Serbian spruce can be grown in a range of garden locations.

There is a certain nobility to Picea omorika or Serbian spruce, with its elegantly tapered shape and rich bluish-green foliage. It’s not hard to imagine this species standing to attention, surveying the garden below it with a worldly, regal grace. The flat, needle-like leaves are displayed beautifully by the branches which curve upwards at their outermost points, giving this species a fantastic outline. Though it is best suited to moist, well-drained loamy soil, Serbian spruce can be grown in a wide array of soils, making it a convenient option for a range of garden locations. Serbian spruce loves the sun and as such should be grown where it can bask in full sunlight. With its striking looks, this dapper species makes for a fine ornamental tree or a stunning screen and the dwarf varieties are delightful to behold in rock gardens and amongst borders.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 20
Spread [m]
  • 2 - 3
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Blue-green
Foliage in summer
  • Blue-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Blue-green
Foliage in winter
  • Blue-green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Conical
  • Pendulous
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-8
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 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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