Picea smithiana

Picea smithiana

(Morinda Spruce) A native of the Himalayas, Picea smithiana has distinctive elegant, hanging branches with a gracefully weeping tip which in its natural habitat helps to shed snow in the cold winters.

This plant is only available in small numbers and is very rarely listed for sale.

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A native of the Himalayas, Picea smithiana has distinctive elegant, hanging branches with a gracefully weeping tip which in its natural habitat helps to shed snow in the cold winters. The needles are bright green and the longest of any spruce, reaching up to five centimeters in length.

Established plants have eye-catching long, narrow brown cones. An unusual, stately tree with a magnificent habit for large gardens!


  • Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
  • Soil: Moist, fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: Hardy. Although fully hardy once established, Picea smithiana can be vulnerable to late spring frost as a young plant and planting in known frost pockets should be avoided.
  • Rate of Growth: Slow.
  • Habit: Eventually a large conical tree.
    • Height: 20 m (65 ft)
    • Spread: 15 m (50 ft).
  • Notes: Picea smithiana is slow growing and will take many years to reach the above height.

How Much Sun
Full Sun
Eventual Size
Tree - Large (15m+)
Growing Conditions
Soil: Not Fussy, Soil: Damp/Wet
Special Features
Evergreen, Habit - Architectural, Rare and Unusual

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