Oriental Spruce Picea orientalis (Pinaceae) HEIGHT to 40m<br />
Dense-foliaged evergreen growing into a strongly conical tree on a short, stout bole. BARK pale brown and scaly. BRANCNES slender with numerous hairy twigs. LEAVES Very short, blunt needles, to 1cm long, arise all round shoots, but leave more open area on the lower surface; dark green and glossy above and square in cross-section. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Small male flowers are red then yellow. Female cones, to 8cm long, are pendent and ovoid, often curved and green with purple or grey tinges when still growing, ripening to shiny brown. STATUS AND DISTRUBUTION Native of mountain forests of Caucasus and NE Turkey, widely planted here for ornament, and occasionally for commercial forestry.
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Oriental Spruce Picea orientalis (Pinaceae) HEIGHT to 40m
Dense-foliaged evergreen growing into a strongly conical tree on a short, stout bole. BARK pale brown and scaly. BRANCNES slender with numerous hairy twigs. LEAVES Very short, blunt needles, to 1cm long, arise all round shoots, but leave more open area on the lower surface; dark green and glossy above and square in cross-section. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Small male flowers are red then yellow. Female cones, to 8cm long, are pendent and ovoid, often curved and green with purple or grey tinges when still growing, ripening to shiny brown. STATUS AND DISTRUBUTION Native of mountain forests of Caucasus and NE Turkey, widely planted here for ornament, and occasionally for commercial forestry.

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