The genus is Picea, with 35 to 40 species, about half of which are found in China. In the United States, there are seven native species, but another 10 to 15 have been introduced, and there are a few newer varieties among these.
Spruces are not widely used for Christmas trees partly because of the short sharp needles that surround the twigs. They tend to drop their needles quickly once they are cut, and spruces typically are not highly fragrant. They are very popular is the landscape as ornamentals, with needle colors from dark green to very blue. Spruces are slow growing, but once established, can grow a foot a year. The spruces are very cold tolerant, down to Zone 2, and they prefer moist soils.
Like the true firs, spruces typically are slow growers, but can also be coaxed into growing faster with plenty of light, enough water, and some fertilizer now and then. Also because these are solid trees, they are good for privacy screens, borders,
windbreaks, or just as specimens.
Need large quantities? 100's or even 1,000's? Want other species? Do ask us for a quote. The best time to book for reforestation projects is from fall to early winter. We will quote you prices...
Colorado Blue Spruce - Very hardy, up to 100+ feet tall, Zones 2 to 8, partial shade to full sun, good for wet or cold areas, Christmas tree,
Sitka Spruce - Hardy, up to 100+ feet tall, Zones 6 to 8, full shade to full sun, medium fast growing, specimen tree.
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