Oriental Spruce, picea orientalis

Oriental Spruce, picea orientalis
Item# DA-orientalspruce
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Product Description

Inventory as of Feb. 1, 2018: 10000 Seeds

Seed Specifications: Purity - 100%; Projected Germination Rate - 83%; Where Harvested (location) - Turkey

The Oriental Spruce grows in a dense narrow pyramid of glossy dark green foliage. This is a tall, symmetrical tree with attractive pinkish gray bark that cracks and exfoliates on mature specimens. The needles are very short, less than a 0.5 in long, and closely packed all around the twigs. They are blunt tipped and four angled. The large main branches of older trees come off the trunk in horizontal tiers, and the branchlets are slightly drooping. In its native habitat oriental spruce can get over 120 ft in height, but cultivated specimens are usually 50-70 ft tall with a 20-30 ft spread. Male flowers are a showy brick red, appearing in spring. Fruiting cones are purple at first, maturing to brown; they are about an inch wide and 2-4 in long, and droop when ripe in the fall. The Oriental Spruce is cold hardy in zones 4-8.

Recommended Planting Instructions:

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours. Stratification: None Required. Germination: Sow seed 1/4" deep, press seed into soil, cover seed, keep moist. Other: Seed is sensitive to excess moisture in the soil medium.