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Serbian Spruce

Picea omorika

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#3 Container $59.50
Ships Week of 03/31/21
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How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

About Me


The Serbian Spruce is an elegant and graceful evergreen tree, and a wonderful alternative to the common blue spruce. It forms a slender, spire-like tree, with a slim central trunk and horizontal branches that sweep upwards in a very striking way. The needles are blue-green, with a silver back, and the overall look is a silvery blue-green, making a wonderful background in your garden. Plant it as a lawn specimen, or in a group of three trees across a lawn or on the edge of a wooded area, to be seen from a distance. Mature trees can be 50 or 60 feet tall, and just 20 feet or so wide. This tree is an excellent choice for a larger urban garden, and it is almost extinct in the wild.

  • Stately tall and slender evergreen tree
  • Characteristic upswept branches
  • Refined silvery blue-green coloring
  • Easily grown in urban conditions
  • Grows well in all kinds of soils

The Serbian Spruce will grow in all kinds of soils, from sand to clay, and both acid and alkaline soils. It just needs good-drainage, so avoid planting in wet, low-lying areas. It should be planted in full sun, and, while young, watered regularly and deeply during longer dry spells. It grows best in cooler zones and it rarely suffers from any pests or diseases, so it will have a long life in your garden. Allow enough room when planting and avoid putting it near buildings or overhead wires.

Plant Hardiness Zones 4-7
Mature Width 20-25
Mature Height 50-60
Soil Conditions Well-Drained Soil
Sunlight Full Sun
Drought Tolerance Moderate Drought Tolerance
Zones 4-7

Spruce trees are widely grown, and they are excellent landscape plants, especially in cooler parts of the country. Most people want to grow the different kinds of blue spruce – so much so that they have become all too common in some areas. Instead, for a spruce tree with its own unique beauty, and one that is hardy and will grow in almost any kind of soil, look no further than the beautiful and striking Serbian Spruce. Its characteristic upswept branches and its slender form make it a gorgeous tree for a larger property, and a striking specimen to plant in the corners of your yard, or in a natural setting. It looks especially beautiful planted in a group of three, viewed across a lawn or from a distance, or as a single specimen. Grow it on slopes, or at the sunny edges of a woodland. 

The Serbian Spruce is a fast-growing evergreen conifer, adding 12 to 18 inches of growth each year, continuing for its entire life. It forms a tall central trunk, relatively slender for its height, with red-brown bark that develops thin, peeling plates when older. The side branches radiate out all around, and they have a very recognizable form, growing first more or less horizontal, and then sweeping upwards towards the tips. The tree has a slim silhouette, and looks graceful and elegant, much more so than other broad, fat spruce trees. After 10 years it will be perhaps 15 feet tall, but probably only 3 or 4 feet wide. In time it will reach 50 or 60 feet tall, and it will be about 20 feet wide. Very old trees can pass 100 feet in height. When planting make sure to keep it at least 15 feet away from buildings, property lines, overhead wires or existing large trees. 

The needles grow out at right-angles from the stems, mostly to the sides and top, and they are 1-inch long, up to 1½ inches long, with a pointed tip. The upper side is blue-green, and the lower side has two silver stripes along it, making the leaf appear two-tone. The silver side sparkles in the sun and the overall silvery blue-green coloring is very attractive. On older trees 2-inch long cones develop in clusters along the branches. They are a striking rich violet-brown in spring, becoming mid-brown when they ripen in early winter.

The Serbian Spruce is an excellent tree for gardens, and its relatively slim profile helps it fit into smaller spaces. It grows well in urban gardens too, and in all kinds of soils, including chalky, alkaline soils, as well as acidic soils. It grows in both clay and sand, and the soil, whatever its type, should be well-drained. This tree has some drought resistance once established, but young trees should be watered during dry spells, and it grows best in cooler zones. Pests and diseases are not usually issues for this tree, which should enjoy a long and healthy life after a little care when first planted. If your tree should develop two main central branches pointed upwards, of about the same length, remove one completely, to maintain a single central trunk, as trees with double trunks are prone to breakage. Lower branches can be removed for clearance if desired, but leaving them retains the grace and elegance of this tree.

The Serbian Spruce, Picea omorika, (or Pančić in Serbian) used to grow in a wide area across Europe before the last Ice Age, which began 2.6 million years ago. Most of the trees were destroyed, and just a few survived in Serbia, in the limestone hills above the valley of the river Drina, where it occurs today in an area of just 1½ square miles along the border between Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina. It is an endangered species in the wild, but safe from extinction because it is grown all around the world as an ornamental tree, for its beauty and resistance to urban pollution. At one time it was used for specialized lumber, for cheese boxes and for roof construction. Seed was first collected by botanists in the 1880s, and it began to be grown in England and other European countries, soon becoming a popular garden and park tree. This relic tree from the Tertiary geological period (over 60 million years ago) is a great addition to a modern garden. If you don’t have room for a full-size Serbian Spruce, consider growing the Dwarf Serbian Spruce, a lovely rounded bush that fits into even the smallest garden, and is just as tough and easy to grow as its parent.

Often our garden plants are highly-bred, and a long way from their wild ancestors, so it is wonderful to be able to grow an ancient tree like this, and even do it in an urban setting. Plants of the Serbian Spruce are only available from time to time, and we have found some that have been grown from seed into beautiful young trees. With its rapid growth this tree will soon be a beautiful specimen, so order now, because these trees are always in short supply, and they sell out fast. 


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Serbian Spruce

Picea omorika

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