Serbian Spruce Tree Facts and Care Tips

There are many reasons to be attracted to the Serbian spruce tree. It grows tall and magnificent with unusual features and a unique look. You will want to know how to take care of this tree so you can enjoy it for years to come.  

Important Facts about Your Serbian Spruce

The Serbian’s unusual look comes from its dark glossy green needles on the upper side of the branch and cream color strips on the bottom of the branch. You will find that the tips of Serbian are slightly upturned.
The best time to plant this tree is in the early spring from late April to late May. There are some growers who find early fall is also good, but this will mean being vigilant about watering to keep the needles and branches from drying out. While the drainage should be such that the tree does not stand in water, you might want to soak the sapling before late fall so it will last through drops in temperature and freezes. 

This tree can do well even in harder soil. It is still a good idea to break up the soil and mulch prior to planting. With this type of spruce, spreading manure isn’t necessary. Pruning is also not a priority with this tree, unless there are signs of pest infestation. Pruning is usually only needed to remove broken branches.  

Tip # 1 – Plan Ahead—This Tree Can Grow Quite Big

Find the right place to plant the sapling. Remember the tree could grow to be 60 feet tall. You will want the tree someplace where it will not put your home or other smaller trees in too much shadow. You also need to consider that the Serbian spruce tree needs lots of sun and moist soil. It can be planted in a group, but it will need room to grow.  

Tip # 2 – The Right Size for Planting

When you have found your best spot, dig a hole 4 times the size of the rootball and 4 times the width. This will mean as you plant the rootball it should be as high as the remaining ground. If planted from a container keep some of its soil around the rootball, and if from a burlap bag remember to remove all the covers before planting.

Tip # 3 – Watering Right

Make sure the rootball is stable then fill the hole with water. Let the soil absorb the water before covering. Then water the area around the seedling to moisten the soil again after covering.  

After planting you will need to maintain the tree with frequent weekly watering visits and mulch the soil in the area when it seems appropriate. You will want to keep an eye on the tree for up to four years as it matures making sure that it is receiving the proper water and nutrients it needs. You will need to watch out for pests that will find a sapling a very tempting snack.  When checking for pests look the branches over from top to bottom.