Schrenks Spruce (Picea schrenkiana)

Schrenks Spruce

For an evergreen accent on large properties, Shrencks Spruce (Picea schrenkiana’) is one of the world’s finest options. Known in China as xueling yunshan, these impressive trees soar high and develop stout trunks.

Ancient forests are found along the China/Kazakhstan border, and rival California Redwoods for their air of gravitas. In cultivation, their height is reduced from wild-grown trees…but their dignity remains in full force.

Planting and Application:

Schrenks Spruce has a narrow, pyramidal form and features level branches that are cloaked in pendulous branchlets. The stately effect is enhanced by their long, purple-brown cones that hang downward once the trees reach maturity.

  • Use a single Schrenk Spruce as an incredible, narrow specimen in the lawn. You’ll gain an instantly recognizable landmark to impress everyone who sees it!
  • Weave several into windbreaks for an exceptionally durable evergreen. Trees over 1,000 years old have been found in their native China.
  • Create a park-like setting on large properties with a variety of our specialty evergreens. This gem grows into the crown jewel of a collection!
  • An informal grove of these gorgeous evergreens provides year-round color, structure and plenty of cover for local songbirds. Schrenks Spruce looks incredible as a member of a biodiverse copse woodland, as well.
  • Add to planned silviculture timber orchards for paper production. Use at the north end of fruit tree orchard to protect against wind and spray from surrounding fields.

Tips for Care:

Plant Schrenks Spruce in well-drained soil and full sun. Ensure it receives at least six hours of sunlight a day for best results.

  • Keep your evergreen trees stress-free with supplemental water in dry weather. They appreciate mulch over the root zone…avoid having it rest against the trunk.
  • You shouldn’t need to prune Schrenks Spruce at all. Please avoid limbing up the lower branches for the best look…give it room to reach the maximum spread listed on the plant highlights.

Schrenks Spruce (Picea schrenkiana) Details

Common name Schrenks Spruce
Botanical name Picea schrenkiana
Plant type Evergreen
Hardiness zone 4-7
Growth rate Medium
Height 75 - 100 ft.
Width 30 - 50 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well drained
Pollinator-friendly No
Pruning time Early Spring