How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Spruce—Picea spp.
Family Pinaceae (Pine family)

Plant identification

Picea spp. are coniferous evergreen shrubs or trees. Some large trees bear cones and appear pyramidal in shape. Many dwarf varieties can be planted in containers or in rock gardens.

Optimum conditions for growth

Spruce can adapt to various climatic zones. Dwarf forms do best in cool areas. Spruce generally prefers full sun to partial shade. They can be grown in various soil types but require consistent irrigation and good drainage.

Colorado blue spruce
Colorado blue spruce

Pests and disorders of Picea spp.




Environmental disorders



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