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Picea breweriana S. Wats.
Brewer spruce, Weeping spruce
USDA Symbol: PIBR
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Large tree crowned with long, slender, horizontal branches ending in ropelike, drooping branches; trunk enlarged and buttressed at the base and tapering above. The most striking characteristic of this spruce is its drooping, almost perpendicular, secondary branches from the slender crown to the base of the trunk. Average height for trees in the wild is 50-75 ft.
The weeping habit serves to reduce breakage of branches by heavy snowfall. Rare even as a cultivated ornamental, this local species is found in five National Forests and a special preserve, the Brewer Spruce Natural Area. It is named for its discoverer, William Henry Brewer (1828-1910), a professor of agriculture at Yale University and co-author of Botany of California.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf:
Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul
CA , OR Native Distribution: Endemic
to the Klamath-Siskiyou Mts. of s.w. OR & adjacent CA Native Habitat:
Moist, north-facing slopes & canyons; 4000-8000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Medium Light Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist CaCO3 Tolerance:
None Soil Description:
Moist soils. Conditions Comments:
A very slow-growing tree,
useful in small gardens. Not as easy as other spruces.
PropagationDescription: Cultivation from seed only is important as this is a rare species.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: 1-3 months stratification improves germination.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff