Common Name: Serbian spruce
Origin/Ecology: Native to the Balkans
Habit: Grows to 60′ tall in cultivation, but can reach 100′ tall in native habitat. Narrow, pyramidal, spire-like tree with pendant branches that ascend at the tips.
Leaves: Flattened bright green needles have silvery undersides.
Leaf Arrangement: Spiral
Flowers and Fruit: Pendant cones (to 2 1/2″ long) emerge violet purple but mature to yellowish brown.
Bark: Brown bark cracks into scaly plates. Pubescent new shoots.
Water Use, Soil: Average, medium moisture, well-drained soil. Prefers moist, righ soils.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade.
Landscape Uses: Specimen, group plantings, evergreen street tree.
Limitations: Spider mites, aphids, budworms, borers.
Other Features: Better tolerance for hot, humid climates and air pollution than most spruces.