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Snake Branch Spruce

Picea abies 'Virgata'

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Snake Branch Spruce (Picea abies 'Virgata') at Ritchie Feed & Seed Inc.

Snake Branch Spruce

Snake Branch Spruce

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Snake Branch Spruce (Picea abies 'Virgata') at Ritchie Feed & Seed Inc.

Snake Branch Spruce foliage

Snake Branch Spruce foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3b

Other Names:  Norwegian Spruce

Description:

This interesting variety has long main branches that have few or no lateral branches; long dark green needles on very thick stems and branches; features a tall conical shape and is a superior choice for its vigor and hardiness

Ornamental Features

Snake Branch Spruce has green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The needles remain green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Snake Branch Spruce is an open evergreen tree with a strong central leader and an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Snake Branch Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Snake Branch Spruce will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
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Accent  Articulation 
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Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features