Picea glauca (White Spruce)


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Picea glauca (White Spruce) Seeds

Zones: 2 to 6.

Native to North America.

The White spruce is a beautiful native evergreen tree with a conical form and a narrow crown. It is very winter hardy and grows abundantly in the northern temperate and boreal woods. It is also useful as a landscape specimen, hedge or windbreak and provides food and shelter to wildlife. The needles are blue green with lines of white dots on all sides. Cones are cylindrical and 1.5 – 2.5 inches (3.5 – 5.5 cm) long.

It prefers a sunny site with moist, well drained soil, but is adaptable to other soil types except very dry.

Size: Height 40 to 60 ft; Width 10 to 20 ft.

Germination Instructions

Stratification: Provide about 30 to 45 days cold, moist stratification at 3° C (37° F) to 5° C (41° F).

  1. Soak seeds in water for 24 hours.
  2. Place seeds in sandwich bag(s) with a bit of damp sand or vermiculite to keep moist.
  3. Place the bag(s) with seeds in refrigerator for about 30 to 45 days.
  4. After the required time take the seeds out of the refrigerator and sow the seeds in pots about 1/8 inch deep and cover lightly. Water gently so as not to wash away the seeds. Keep soil moist but not wet.