Meyer Spruce (Chinese Blue Spruce) Picea Meyeri Suggested hardiness zones 3 to 8
A beautiful medium growing blue-green spruce with short needles; its shape, color and excellent needle retention make it ideal as an ornamental tree; more disease resistant than Colorado spruce and considered a good replacement. Meyer Spruce has attractive bluish-green foliage. The needles are ornamentally significant but remain bluish-green through the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The smooth gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape. Meyer Spruce is a dense evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This is a relatively low maintenance tree. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. Deer don’t particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics. Meyer Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications; Vertical Accent, Accent, Windbreaks and Shelterbelts. Meyer Spruce will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 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 is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.
This species is not originally from North America.
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