An evergreen with a very pleasing personality.
Fine-textured with dark green color, this is possibly the most refined Spruce. New foliage is light green and contrasts beautifully with the older needles. Oriental Spruce makes a wonderful addition to the winter landscape with its dark green needles contrasting strikingly with a fresh snowfall.The foliage also makes an attractive addition to interior decorating. The obvious use for this outstanding tree, growing 50'-70' tall, is as a specimen. Native to mountain areas from the Caucasus to Turkey, Oriental Spruce tolerates difficult growing conditions quite well.
One of the most beautiful formal conifers, Oriental Spruce is most often used as a specimen in prominent locations, although mixed use is another excellent option. The best companion plants include the following:
1. Black Tupelo, American Hornbeam, Sweet Birch, or Manchurian Maple - for enhancement of fall-color effect.
2. Japanese Cornel, Silverbell, or Serviceberry - for enhanced spring floral effect.
3. River Birch with Oriental Spruce as a backdrop - for enhancement of River Birch's white- to salmon-colored stems.
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