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Atrovirens Oriental Spruce

Picea orientalis 'Atrovirens'

This truly elegant conifer has exceptionally dark green, shiny needles that adorn the pyramidal form with dense, pendulous branching from the ground up. One of the last spruces to break bud in spring. An excellent specimen tree. Produces showy female cones that have a lovely purplish coloring before maturing to brown. Evergreen.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical PronunciationPY-see-a or-ee-en-TAY-liss
LoreThe genus was named from the Latin for pitch, a sugar rich gum extracted from spruce trees. It was brewed into beer and even used as chewing gum by Native Americans, then settlers and was a valuable commodity in ancient Europe.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 60 to 80 ft. tall, 20 to 30 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeConifer; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasThis is a rare dark, rich-green Spruce that is remarkably beautiful when planted in groves. As a single specimen, its purplish cones stand out like berries. Excellent choice in lawns or use columnar form to flank driveway entries or access roads. Contrast groups of dark-green Spruce with blue-tinted evergreens.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Rustic
Growth HabitPyramidal
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UsePrivacy Screen, Specimen, Windbreak, Woodland Garden, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Showy Fruit, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsBeech (Fagus); Flowering Dogwood (Cornus); Weigela (Weigela); Variegated English Holly (Ilex aquifolium); Sedge (Carex); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)

Grows easily in moist, slightly acidic, loose, sandy or gravelly loam to fine clay soils. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; once established, tolerates drier soils. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 2-8

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