Picea asperata
Common name: 
Dragon Spruce
Pronunciation: 
PI-see-a a-spe-RAH-ta
Family: 
Pinaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Conifer
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Conifer, evergreen tree, 40 ft (12 m) tall in its habitat, but only 25 ft (7.6 m) in cultivation.  Needles blue or blue-green, becoming dark green, stiff, 1-2 cm long and 1-2 mm wide, directed forward or ascending on upper side of branchlets, parted and spreading laterally on lower side.,  Cones 5-16 cm long, cylindrical, brown.
  • Sun or light shade.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 6     Native to China, especially Sichuan.
  • aserata: rough texture, the needles
  • Eugene, Univ. of Oregon: east of the Museum of Art.
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  • plant habit

    plant habit

  • branchlets and needles

    branchlets and needles

  • needles, on upper side of branchlet

    needles, on upper side of branchlet