Picea breweriana
Common name: 
Brewer Spruce
Brewer's Weeping Spruce
Pronunciation: 
PI-see-a broo-er-ee-AH-na
Family: 
Pinaceae
Genus: 
Synonyms: 
Picea brewerana
Type: 
Conifer
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
Yes
  • Conifer, evergreen tree, 50-80 ft (15-24 m) tall, slow growing, open crown, long pendulous middle and lower branches (weeping), to 2.5 m long.  Needles flattened to rounded triangular, 2-3 cm long, apex round or blunt, 2 stomatal lines on the lower surface, tend to point forward on the branchlet, radial distribution on hanging shoots.  Cones hang down, oblong-cylindrical, 6-15 cm long, rounded scale-tips, purplish-red, becoming reddish-brown at maturity, seeds black, 3 mm.
  • Sun.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 6     Native to the Siskiyou Mountains of southwestern Oregon and northern California.  One of the rarest and least known American spruce.
  • breweriana: after its discoverer, William Henry Brewer (1828-1910), a professor of agriculture at Yale.
  • Portland, Oregon: Hoyt Arboretum
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  • plant habit

    plant habit

  • branchlets and cones

    branchlets and cones

  • needles

    needles