Friday, April 27, 2012

Picea omorika of Servische spar

Serbian spruce Picea omorika and is often bought as a blue-green Christmas tree
Picea omorika of the Serbian spruce. The most beautiful and longest lasting Christmas tree.

A fairly small and compact upright spruce. With its drooping branches, it is also a very graceful tree. Needles are green on top and blue on the bottom so the tree is bluish appearance. The glossy, flattened needles are 2 to 3 inches long and 2 to 3 mm wide. They are blunt so they do not sting.
It’s a fast grower in the garden to 8 to 10 m high.
The Serbian spruce needles retain much better than ordinary green spruce. The Picea omorika is often planted in gardens as elegant and individual plant next to the beautiful blue color appears in older plants also another outstanding brown cones. These are 3 to 6 cm long and purplish in the beginning and then grows, brown color.

The Picea omorika is resistant to air pollution. Furthermore, it is a fir which, unlike most other conifers or thrives in alkaline soil.
Latin name: Picea omorika
Dutch name: Serbian spruce
Provenance: from Serbia and Bosnia
Type: Conifer
Family: Pine Family (Pinaceae)
Color: blue-green needles
Location: Sun to partial shade
Height: 30 m
Evergreen: Yes
Pests and diseases: in spring fir susceptible to aphids and spider mites in the summer

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