See a specimen of oriental spruce in the lawn north of the Old Union between the coast redwood and the Colorado blue spruce, where it also can be conveniently compared with the Norway spruce on the south side of the Old Union. Another tree is just east of Lasuen south of Campus Drive near a multi-stemmed brush box. The green needles are ¼ to ½-inch long, 4-angled, dark green and shining, crowded and somewhat appressed to hairy branchlets; new needles are yellowish. Twigs that have lost their needles retain small pegs that are smaller and more slanted than those of Norway spruce. The cones are about 2½ inches long and about ¾ inch in diameter.
Name derivation: Picea – Latin name for pitch-pine, derived from pix (pitch); orientalis – eastern.
About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005. John Rawlings extended the description of the needles and added the Lasuen location.