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Serbian Spruce Picea omorika (Pinaceae) HEIGHT to 30m <br />
Narrowly conical to columnar tree, with a slender form unlike all other spruces. BARK Orange-brown and scaly in older trees. BRANCHES Lower branches are slightly descending with raised tips, higher branches being mostly level or ascending. All branches are short. LEAVES Flattened and keeled needles, to 2cm long, may be blunt or barely pointed, dark blue-green above with 2 pale bands below. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Male cones are large and red, becoming yellow when releasing pollen. Female cones grow on curving stalks and are up to 6cm long, ovoid and blue-green at first, ripening to brown. Cone scales are rounded with finely toothed margins. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of limestone rocks of the Drina basin of Serbia, unknown until 1875, but now a popular ornamental tree
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Serbian Spruce Picea omorika (Pinaceae) HEIGHT to 30m
Narrowly conical to columnar tree, with a slender form unlike all other spruces. BARK Orange-brown and scaly in older trees. BRANCHES Lower branches are slightly descending with raised tips, higher branches being mostly level or ascending. All branches are short. LEAVES Flattened and keeled needles, to 2cm long, may be blunt or barely pointed, dark blue-green above with 2 pale bands below. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Male cones are large and red, becoming yellow when releasing pollen. Female cones grow on curving stalks and are up to 6cm long, ovoid and blue-green at first, ripening to brown. Cone scales are rounded with finely toothed margins. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of limestone rocks of the Drina basin of Serbia, unknown until 1875, but now a popular ornamental tree

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