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Weeping Spruce
Picea breweriana
  
About Weeping Spruce (Picea breweriana) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Picea breweriana (Brewer Spruce or Weeping Spruce) is a species of spruce native to western North America, where it is one of the rarest in the continent, endemic to the Klamath Mountains of southwest Oregon and northwest California. It grows at moderately high altitudes, from 1000-2700 meter. It is a large evergreen coniferous tree growing to 20-40 meter tall, exceptionally 54 meter, and with a trunk diameter of up to 1.5 meter. The bark is thin and scaly, and purple-gray in color. The crown is very distinct, distinguished by level branches with vertically pendulous branchlets, each branch forming a 'curtain' of foliage. The pendulous foliage only develops when the tree grows to about 1.5-2 meter tall; young trees smaller than this (up to about 10-20 years old) are open-crowned with sparse, level branchlets. The shoots are orange-brown, with dense short fine hair about 0.2 millimeter long and very rough with pulvini 1-2 millimeter long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Tree

Size
Size
25 - 177.2 ft tall

Form
Form
Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Slow

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Flower Color
Flower Color
Red

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Summer

Wildlife Supported
 


Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers sandy or loamy soils. Does not grow well in clay soils.

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: 1-3 mos. stratification (USDA Forest Service 1974).

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
2, 3*, 4*, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Moist slopes

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 17.6" - 158.7", Summer Precipitation: 1.00" - 5.84", Coldest Month: 32.6" - 43.3", Hottest Month: 50.4" - 70.4", Humidity: 1.08" - 21.09", Elevation: 1498" - 8352"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Brewer Spruce, Brewer's Spruce


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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