Serbian Spruce Tree
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Serbian Spruce Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Spacing: 20'-25'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
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Serbian Spruce

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Blue Spruce and Norway Spruce get a lot of attention, but if you want a graceful evergreen tree that nobody else on the block has, why not plant a Serbian Spruce? This elegant, underused conifer is known for its picturesque swooping branches and distinctive green and silver two-toned needles. It has a tidy pyramidal habit and will make a first-class addition to your landscape, whether as a single specimen or within a grouping. Birds will appreciate the shelter it provides. And it’s low maintenance—all that will be left for you to do is to decorate it with lights at Christmas-time!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Spacing: 20'-25'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Show more ›

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The Story

Serbian Spruce was first described in 1875 by Josif Pančić, a Croatian-born doctor and botanist who made many trips to the Serbian mountain where this tree is found in the wild.  This area—Tara Mountain—is very small, but contains an astonishing variety of plants and animals.  Because of its geography, this region was somewhat protected from the extremes of the last Ice Age, and isolated species were able to survive there, while populations elsewhere were wiped out.  “Pančić’s Grasshopper” was one such species, and Serbian Spruce was another.

The Details

Native of the Drina River Valley in Serbia, this spruce offers a slightly narrow, upright grow habit that distinguished this exceptional evergreen. Not used nearly enough in the landscape! Deep green needles have a contrasting silvery-white band on the undersides. A great choice for a screen/windbreak or a stately accent.

How to Grow

Despite being native to only one small, special habitat in the world, Serbian Spruce is an adaptable tree.  It grows in a variety of soil types and has even been grown successfully in cities alongside trees that are more traditionally called upon to survive in stressful urban situations, like Pin Oak, Ginkgo, and Red Maple.  However, if you do have a sunny site with rich, crumbly soil, this regal-looking tree deserves it!  Serbian Spruce never needs pruning and rarely has any pest or disease issues.  It is a slow- to medium-grower.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 7
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 60'
Avg Mature Width 25'
Spacing 20'-25'
Growth Rate Medium-Slow
Leaf Color Blue-Green
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Time Fall
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Size: C

Size C

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Size C Trees:

7-8' tall, grown and shipped as balled and burlapped. This size evergreen has been shaped and groomed to make an immediate impact in your landscape. A truck or trailer will be needed to haul this size tree home or you could have a professional move and install this large spruce.

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