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Spruce - Lijiang / Size 1
Lijiang Spruce / Picea likiangensis

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Product Code: SPRLIJ1

Picea likiangensis - Lijiang Spruce

Overall Description

Lijiang Spruce is a large sized spruce variety, with a broad pyramidal shape and green needled foliage that has a distinct silver / blue cast to it. It is native to Western China - specifically along the Lichiang Range in the Yunnan province of southwestern China.

This beautiful spruce is quite tolerable of many different soil conditions, with its larger mature size making it a great choice for screening, bordering property line, or as a full sized specimen planting. Has shown good tolerance of most urban type settings & conditions. Cones are pendulous, and hang from branches of trees - starting out as a very light green, then transitioning to a purple color before ripening in mid fall to a rich coppery brown.

Lijiang Spruce has been very under used up to this point in time, but is now starting to gain popularity due to it's excellent performance in many different landscapes. Very nice tree!

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 60 - 90 ft ( specimens in landscape cultivation tend to be more towards the shorter end of this range - trees in the wild are taller )

--Mature Width : 25 - 40ft ( again, trees in cultivated landscape settings will tend to top out at the 25 - 30 ft range )

--Growth Rate :
Moderate ( 6" - 10" avg per year )

--Hardiness Zones :
4 - 8

--Sun Exposure :
Full sun preferred, to partial shade ( best performance in sunny locations )

--Soil Preference :
Average, slightly acidic - well drained. Mulching recommended

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen - Green colored needle type foliage with a distinct silver / blue cast. Very attractive

--Flower, Cone, or Berry Facts :
Cones - begin forming in late spring / early summer. Starting out as a light green color, transitioning to a purple color, and eventually ripening in mid fall to a rich coppery brown color

--Diseases / Pests :
Seldom has any problems at all - but encounters with the following have been reported: spruce bagworm, and red spiders.

--Recommended Spacing :
Space approx 10 - 12 feet apart for most typical screen or windbreak uses.

--Deer Resistance :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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