Picea omorika

Picea omorika

Plant type

Large trees

Common name
Abete dei Balcani, Peccio di Siberia


Family
Pinaceae


Tag

    Habitus

  • Large trees

    Exposure

  • Half-shadow
  • Sun

    Leaf Persistance

  • Evergreen

    Flower Colour

  • Non significant

    Flowering Period

  • 04-April
  • 05-May

    Climatic Zone

  • 5

    Continent of Origin

  • Europa

Origin: Bosnia, Serbia

Botanical characteristics: It is a strictly columnar evergreen conifer with pendulous branches, ascending at summit. It is medium-growing and reaches 30 meters in height. The peculiarities of its single needles are the flatness, the absence of cross-sections and the presence of two white streaks on the lower surface. It is a monoecious plant with male and female flowers that are separated but on the same plant. The pendulous dark purple cones are 5 cm long and have large rounded scales.

Agronomic-environmental characteristics: Before the last ice age, it was widespread in Europe. Now its habitat is restricted. This plant needs deep, moist but well-drained soils, which can be neutral or acid. It tolerates alkaline soils and requires full sun exposure.

Use: It is cultivated as ornamental plant, preferably as specimen plant in parks and gardens. It is used for reforestation, too.