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Cultural Details for Picea orientalis 'Skylands'

Common Name:
Skylands Oriental Spruce

Growth Rate:
Slow 1' or less per year

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Monoecious, male flowers red

Fruit Details:
Cone, ovoid-cylindrical, 2-4" long, 1" wide, brown at maturity

Fall Color:

Bark Details:
Brown, exfoliating in thin scales

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Few if any insect or disease problems

Native Habitat:
Caucasus Mountains, Asia Minor.

Other Features:
Excellent species for specimen use in smaller areas. Superior to all other Spruce in ornamental value. Highly underused species. This variety maintains golden needles that fade during the heat of summer, in hot climates provide some late afternoon shade.

Culture and Care:
Tolerant of poor gravelly soils, highly adaptable.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
218, 5527, 5595

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.