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Picea omorika AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree or Conifer

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

Serbian 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. omorika is an evergreen conifer forming a graceful, slender tree of narrowly conical habit, with dark foliage, whitish beneath, in drooping sprays curving up at the tips

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 soil. Will tolerate alkaline soils. Shelter from cold drying winds

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline 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