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Picea omorika Karel

dwarf Serbian spruce

An easy to grow dwarf conifer

A very compact dwarf spruce with quite horizontal branches forming a neat rounded globe up to 60cm (2ft) in height, less across, in 10 years or so. The needles are short and dark green giving the branches an attractive bristly effect.  A very hardy conifer it is ideal for exposed gardens and open sites. Great for small gardens and for all year round interest.


Plant in full sun at the front of border, on the rock garden, in gravel or scree, or in a pot or container. Ideal where space is limited.


Any well-drained fertile soil. Best surrounded with grit or gravel to protect foliage from wet and soil splash. Use a loam based compost with grit in pots. No pruning required.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Conifer
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering April - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 80 cm - 130 cm
Plant width 80 cm - 130 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 100 cm
Medicinal Yes
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Rock garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From January to December