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Picea breweriana AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conifer or Tree

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Purple in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

Brewer's weeping spruce

Family

Pinaceae


Picea are evergreen trees with rigid, needle-like leaves arranged singly all round the shoots, and narrow, leathery-scaled cones borne near the ends of the shoots

P. breweriana is an evergreen conifer forming a medium-sized tree of broadly conical habit, with drooping curtains of dark green foliage, and oblong purplish cones to 10cm in length

Other common names

  • Brewer's spruce

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained acidic soil. Shelter from cold drying winds. Slow growing

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be attacked by adelgids, aphids and conifer red spider mite

Diseases

Generally disease free