The Serbian Spruce, Picea omorika, is a tall and slender classic evergreen tree with an abundance of ornate and elegant upswept branches found primarily in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has a very unique feature because of its dark green needle-like and slender streaks comprising of white and distinctive purple cones. It is drought tolerant and adaptable. The Christmas tree is known for its pleasant smell that has an abundance of fragrance which gives the home a very good atmosphere during the yuletide. It can also handle extra weight which makes it easier to stuff a lot of things in it like light, heavy ornament and tinsel.
The Serbian Spruce has proven to be drought and pet resistant that’s why it primarily grows in frosts affected areas in colder climates because it cannot get damaged. It is widely used in different large gardens as an ornamental tree; it is also used in the homes as Christmas trees and it is very good for paper and timber production. It blends perfectly with fairy lights, ornaments and tinsels to create the perfect scenery of decorations in homes and offices. Its two-tone green/blue colouration makes it attractive from a distance and it gives the home and garden a befitting decoration during the Christmas season. The palette of its colours makes it stand out with an eye-catching view. This gives it a unique, simplistic and elegant look. Its aroma fills the home with unique and characteristic scents of a forest. It has dense green foliage which is soft with a bluish silver underside that helps to create a great colour scheme with drooping branches that makes it well enhanced and prominent. Also, you can decorate your garden with this kind of tree during and after the Christmas season because the tree can grow to as long as 5 to 12 metres which will further add to the beautification of the garden with perfect lights and ornaments. The spacing of the branches make it easy for decoration and it is available as a pot grown tree which makes it portable. Also, it is generally disease with inexpensive maintenance.
Caring for the Tree:
It is very important not to prune this tree because it is not required. The branches are not superfluous and they add to the beauty of it. Always prevent it from pests like adelgids, aphids and conifer red spider mite. The only thing the tree needs basically is water. Just water. Keep adding water to it to sustain it regularly. But ensure that the soil is not waterlogged each time you water it.
It can grow on any kind of soil: loam, clay and sand. It also thrives well in any kind of pH scale ranging from acidic, alkaline and neutral. It reaches an ultimate height of 12 metres within 20-50 years and ultimate spread of 2-4 metres. It grows mainly by cultivation in a moist but perfectly drained soil. It is propagated mainly by seed and cuttings of semi-hardwood.