Picea meyeri is a species of spruce native to Nei Mongol in the northeast to Gansu in the southwest and also inhabiting Shanxi, Hebei and Shaanxi.
It is a medium-sized evergreen tree growing to 30 m tall, and with a trunk diameter of up to 0.8 m. The shoots are yellowish-brown, glabrous or with scattered pubescence. The leaves are needle-like, 13-25 mm long, rhombic in cross-section, bluish-green with conspicuous stomatal lines. The cones are cylindric, 7-11 cm long and 3 cm broad, maturing pale brown 5-7 months after pollination, and have stiff, smoothly rounded scales.
It is closely related to the Dragon Spruce from western China.
It is occasionally planted as an ornamental tree; its popularity is increasing in the eastern United States, where it is being used to replace Blue Spruce, which is more disease-prone in the humid climate there. The wood is similar to that of other spruces, but the species is too rare to be of economic value.
Stands dry soils beter than Picea pungens glauca. Ends of needles are not sharp so looks like a blue Spruce but the needles do not stab you. Seedlings tend to show a uniform blue color. Needles of tree become more blue with age. Gall midge resistant. Adaptable to a wide range of conditions.
Genus - Picea
Species - Meyeri
Common name - Meyers Spruce
Germination rate - 70%
Pre-Treatment - Not-required, but recommended
Hardiness zones - 4 - 7
Height - 12 - 30 m
Plant type - Medium Tree
Vegetation type - Evergreen
Exposure - Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral
Water requirements - Average, dry
Landscape uses - Feature Plant, Hedges, Screening / Wind Break
Bloom season - Mid Spring
Leaf / Flower color - Blue-green / --
1. Soak the seeds in room temperature water overnight.
2. Keep the seeds in refrigerated, soil-filled zip-lock bags for 2-3 months after the initial soaking, a process that mimics the natural dormancy period they would experience during winter months in the wild. Some experts recommend this method, and others say seeds may be planted immediately after soaking. If soaked seeds are not kept in soil, they may be refrigerated for up to 14 days before use.
3. Place a 3-inch layer of dry soil, such as peat moss or clean sand, in a small vase. Bury spruce seeds 1/4-inch below soil. Cover soil with mulch layer. Keep the vase in a partially shaded place. Water occasionally, so that the soil is always slightly moist.
4. Seed will sprout in three to eight weeks. For one year, keep seedling in partially shaded place. Water occasionally, so that the soil is slightly moist.
5. After one year, transfer the seedling to a gallon-sized vase or larger, maintaining a balance of dry, clean soil and mulch. The seedling may now be kept in full sun. Continue watering occasionally, so that soil is slightly moist. (info source: eHow.com)
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