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Spruce - West Himilayan / Size 1
West Himlayan Spruce / picea smithiana

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Product Code: SPRHIM1

Picea smithiana - West Himilayan Spruce aka Morinda Spruce

Overall Description

West Himilayan Spruce is also known by two other names: Picea smithiana, for the avid gardener ( last name of Smith ) who first grew this spruce variety in Scotland back in the 1820's.........and Morinda Spruce, which is derived from the native range for this spruce in the wild ( the Western Himlayan Mts from Afghanistan, Nepal, into Tibet ).

Growth habit of the Western Himlayan Spruce is tall & pyramidal, with drooping, pendulous branching and pendulous cones seen on more mature specimens. The pendulous almost weeping appearance of this tree is extremely striking, giving a very stately & elegant look to most any landscape use of this tree. Tends to handle winters very well, but can struggle with the high heat & humidity in the deep south.

Commonly used a a large specimen planting, and can be grouped to provide a screen or border if desired. Drooping branches & foliage reach the ground, giving solid screening right down to the soil level. Cones are light green when very young, and mature to a purplish brown color in fall.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 60 - 80 ft

--Mature Width : 20 - 25 ft

--Growth Rate :
Moderate ( 5" - 8" avg per year )

--Hardiness Zones :
4 - 8

--Sun Exposure :
Full sun preferred, to partial shade

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

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen - Bluish green needle like foliage holds consistent color year round. Fine texture with a very elegant, drooping appearance.

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

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

--Recommended Spacing :
Space approx 8 - 9 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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