Many in the green industry consider the Serbian Spruce one of the most beautiful ornamental spruce, period. (webmaster’s note: I have one in my own front yard, and I agree wholeheartedly). Serbian Spruce feature short, dark green, flat needles (similar to a hemlock) with a breeze revealing silver undersides. The Serbian features beautiful purple cones and a visually pleasing conical shape.
Originally from a tiny area of less than 200 acres across western Serbia and eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, this species has few pest or disease problems and is quite adaptable to a wide variety of sunny locations. It is a medium sized spruce, neither large nor small, neither wide nor narrow. Much like Norway Spruce transplants, Serbian Spruce transplants develop upturning main branches with slightly drooping smaller terminal branches.
Serbian Spruce are fast-growing, do well in full sun, and reach a height of up to 60 feet with a spread of 20 feet or more at the base. They should not be planted out in the open where winter wind can dry them out (again, I live in a very wintry, windy location and have seen no adverse effects).
Serbian Spruce do well in a fairly wide range of soils, including alkaline, clay, acid and sandy soil, but prefer richer moist, drained loamy soils. In my experience, they do well in sandier soils and have decent drought resistance. Few natural pests or diseases affect Serbians other than White Pine Weevil, which, if discovered, is easily controlled with common pesticides.
Serbian Spruce transplants: characteristics and info• prefers hardiness zones 4-7
• prefers full sun, but does ok in partial shade
• mature height and spread: up to 60 ft high, 20 ft spread
• prefers loamy sandy soils, but does well in a wide range of soils
• Missouri Botanical Garden info on Picea omorika
• Serbian Spruce Sizes and Availability:
--- Serbian Spruce seedlings [sold out till Fall 2021 or later]
--- Serbian Spruce transplants [sold out till Fall 2021 or later]
--- Serbian Spruce plug seedlings [sold out till Fall 2021]
--- Serbian Spruce plug transplants [discontinued]
--- Serbian Spruce conservation grade plug transplants [discontinued]
• Comparable alternative species: Black Spruce, Black Hills Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce, Meyers Spruce, Norway Spruce and White Spruce. Confused about species? Check out our Evergreen Tree Buyers Guide
CURRENTLY SOLD OUT in this species in this size, see size and availability options above. Please consider joining our very unobtrusive email list to be notified when we begin selling and shipping this species in this size. You may also request a custom invoice to reserve these trees in your name for a later ship date.
Prices below include all shipping and handling and a one year guarantee*:
5-pack for $45.00 (5 bareroot evergreen transplants)
10-pack for $57.00 (10 bare root evergreen transplants)
25-pack for $109.00 (25 bare root evergreen transplants)
50-pack for $179.00 (50 bare root evergreen transplants)
100-pack for $273.00 (100 bare root evergreen transplants)