Oriental spruce Pinaceae Picea orientalis
Leaf:Evergreen, four-sided needles 1/4 to 1/2 inch long, emerald green with blue-white lines of stomata, shiny and tending to curve upwards, blunt tipped and four sided. Each needle borne on a raised, woody peg (sterigma).
Flower:Species is monoecious; males cylindrical and reddish; females purplish green, spring.
Fruit:Chestnut brown cone, 2 to 4 inches long, cone scale margins entire; seed disseminated in the fall and cones tend to drop their first winter.
Twig:Orangish brown, finely hairy (may need a hand lens). As with all spruces, needleless twigs covered by short sterigmata (short pegs).
Bark:Grayish brown on surface, more reddish brown beneath with irregular, fine flaky patches, becoming irregularly ridged and furrowed.
Form:A medium to large tree that commonly grows to 50 feet in the landscape, with a dense narrowly conical form, and horizontal to upward sweeping branches that have drooping lateral branches.