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Engelmann Spruce vs Dragon Spruce

Picea engelmannii

Picea asperata

Engelmann Spruce
Dragon Spruce

Engelmann Spruce is a tall, cold resistant tree native to western North America. This high-altitude mountain tree has characteristic loose, scaly bark ranging in colour from reddish-brown to grey.

Birds such as grouse, woodpeckers, nuthatches and thrushes will call this tree home. As Engelmann Spruce can exceed heights of 100 feet, consumers should note it is too large for a normal city lot.

Dragon spruce is a unique looking spruce, as it is more shaggy and irregular than most spruces. They have sharp, stiff needles that are directed forward on the branch and their colour ranges from grey/green to blue/green.

They will grow in nutrient poor soils and can tolerate stronger winds, making them a good choice for providing shelter.

This species has been declining due to deforestation and related human activity in western China, its native range. It has notable genetic diversity for a spruce with a number of unusual growth habit variants. Given the cultural significance of the dragon, this tree should not be underestimated for its beauty or usefulness.



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Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 30 m (98 ft)
Height: 12 m (40 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 6 m (20 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: normal
Light: any
Light: full sun
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: medium
Life span: long
Life span: long
Suckering: none
Suckering: none

Other Names: chinese spruce, yun shan