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Spruces

Picea spp.

Picea glauca cone Denali by nicmcphee on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

6a-9a

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30m

Max

6m

1m

Min

1m

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Spruces Overview

Picea is a genus of 30-40 coniferous evergreen trees with whorled branches, a conical habit and needle-shaped leaves arranged singly around the shoots, and with narrow cones near the ends of these. Picea plants are commonly known as Spruces. They are native to the subarctic and northern temperate regions. Well-known members of the genus include Picea abies, or the Norway Spruce – which are grown as Christmas trees. They are also used as specimen trees, shelter planting and there are some dwarf varieties too. Pine oil in needles can be toxic to pets.

Common problems with Spruces

How to propagate Spruces

Seed

Grafting

Graft cultivars in winter.

Cuttings

Take ripewood cuttings in late summer.

Special features of Spruces

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Spruces

Ornamental fruit, foliage, privacy, wind-break.