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Cultural Details for Picea orientalis 'Gowdy'

Common Name:
Gowdy Oriental Spruce

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Monoecious, male carmine-red and resembling strawberries in youth.

Fruit Details:
Cones short-stalked, nodding, ovoid-cylindrical, 2-4" long, reddish purple when young, brown when mature.

Fall Color:

Bark Details:
Brown, exfoliating in thin scales.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
None serious

Native Habitat:
Introduced 1827. Caucasus, Asia Minor.

Other Features:

Culture and Care:
Will tolerate poor, gravelly soils; plant where winters are not excessively cold or dry; has done well in Midwest and Northeast as a young tree, protect from harsh winter winds.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.