Picea orientalis. ORIENTAL SPRUCE. Asia Minor, Armenia, Caucasus
PINACEAE (Pine family)

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 if Lasuen south of Camus Drive near a multi-stemmed brush box. The green needles are 1/4 to 1/2-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 2-1/2 inches long and about 3/4 inch in diameter.

Illustrations (links open new windows): habit | needles, cone, seed

Additions/Revisions:

Name derivation, genus | species Latin name for pitch-pine, derived from pix (pitch) | eastern

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Botanical name index | Common name index | Family
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