Oriental Spruce


Picea orientalis

Leaves: Evergreen. Very short needles, ¼-½ “long. Shortest needles of the spruce species. Dark green color.

Bark/Twigs: Brown bark exfoliating in thin scales.

Flowers/Fruit: Inconspicuous flowers. Cones are short-stalked, oval to cylindrical, and 2-4” long, by approximately 1” wide.

Mature size and shape: Large. 50-60’h. Dense, compact, narrow shaped pyramid with horizontal branches.

General information/special features: Plant in full sun. Will tolerate poor, gravelly soils. Protect from harsh winter winds.

Landscape use and Maintenance: Very attractive evergreen ornamental tree. Slow growing rate. Low maintenance.

USDA Hardiness Zone:  4-7

Family/Origin: Pinaceae – Pine. Native to Caucasus, Asia Minor.

Campus use: Somewhat uncommon. Can be found north of Marriott Library (Bld 86). Mature specimens can be found near northeast corner across the street from Public Safety Building (Bld 301).