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Bruns Spruce

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Bruns Spruce (Picea abies ‘Bruns’)Pyramidal form and dense graceful branches create a striking sea green and silver structure, wider at the bottom, sweeping up to a spire; this large handsome cultivar commands attention; loves deep rich well drained soil and full sun. Also known as Bruns Serbian Spruce.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
15 feet
Average Landscape Width:
6 feet
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Picea
Species:
omorika
Cultivar:
Bruns
Summer Foliage Color:
sea green
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
columnar
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
only prune new growth
Branching:
excurrent
Evergreen:
1
Density:
dense

Ornamental Features

Bruns Spruce is primarily valued in the landscape for its rigidly columnar form. It has attractive bluish-green foliage with gray undersides which emerges light green in spring. The needles are highly ornamental and remain bluish-green throughout the winter. The smooth brick red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Bruns Spruce is a dense evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Bruns Spruce will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It has a low canopy, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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