Picea omorika

Serbian spruce

Outstanding Qualities

Serbian spruce is one of the best evergreens for the urban landscape. This disease- and insect-resistant tree forms a narrow column with gracefully bowing side branches. Stately as a single specimen, its dark green needles with silver-blue undersides create an interesting bicolor effect.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: gold, burgundy, variegated

Great Color Partners: silver, dark green, blue

Culture Notes

This spruce grows best in full sun. It prefers a well-drained or sandy soil, but will tolerate clay. Once established it is drought tolerant. It has a strong resistance to insects and diseases. Notably, it is especially resistant to the highly damaging conifer aphid. Little pruning is needed to keep it looking its best, only remove any dead or broken branches.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: none

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established