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Engelmann Spruce vs Oriental Spruce

Picea engelmannii

Picea orientalis

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Engelmann Spruce
Oriental 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.

Oriental Spruce is a dense, narrow, pyramidal evergreen making it well suited as a landscape tree. Their needles are smaller than other spruce varieties, giving it a distinct appearance. Cones start out purple and then mature into a coppery brown colour. When mature, the branches tend to curve upward, giving it an elegant appearance. Because of its general shape and colour it makes a unique choice for a Christmas tree.

Oriental Spruce does not do well in windy conditions, especially cold, harsh winter winds. For best results, plant in a protected area.

ENGELMANN SPRUCE QUICK FACTS

ORIENTAL SPRUCE QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 4a
Height: 30 m (98 ft)
Height: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 5 m (15 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: slow
Life span: long
Life span: long
Suckering: none
Suckering: none





Other Names: caucasian spruce