While we’ve often argued that Siberia is a land rich in natural beauty, it is hard sometimes to get away from the image of a harsh, frozen landscape. In fact, there are many fine examples of flora and fauna in the region and the Siberian spruce is typical of some of the magnificent trees that grow here. In fact, its notoriety is spreading to the extent that gardens across the world are starting to enjoy its stunning appearance.
Origin and habitat of the Siberian Spruce
The Siberian Spruce is unique to the region and can be found across Siberia, extending into Mongolia at its furthest point.
A fully grown adult tree can reach heights of up to 60 feet while it can extend to around 20 feet at its widest point. They can be grown in cool climates and that makes Siberia a perfect backdrop but it also means that the Siberian Spruce has been exported widely for many years now.
The central trunk grows vertically to the point where it is almost at a perfect right angle to the ground without any kinks and turns along the way. So when the spruce is at its tallest and widest, it is a stunning tree and when you add in hundreds and thousands of them, certain parts of Siberia have a beautiful, spruce-laden landscape.
We’ve discovered that a Siberian Spruce is hardy enough to withstand the coldest of temperatures and that is one reason why it is being grown in domestic gardens across the world.
Another factor however is that a young tree, like all spruces can be readily used as a Christmas tree and while traditionally these trees have come from Scandinavia, the Siberian Spruce is making clear inroads into this market and is now being grown commercially across the world.
Aside from this type of use however, the spruce is a visually attractive tree that can often be the focal point of any domestic or commercial garden. While some growers wouldn’t have the luxury of letting it grow to its full height, regular attention can keep it to a manageable size.
The best conditions
As we’ve already seen, the fact that this particular spruce thrives in the harsh temperatures of Siberia means that it can be grown in many countries across the world.
However, you don’t need to live in an extreme climate to enjoy this beautiful tree. Although the Siberian Spruce can withstand temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees centigrade, it thrives in temperate climates and that is another reason for its popularity.
Moist and fertile soil with good drainage is the perfect base for this tree.
On home soil as it were, the Siberian Spruce is part of the overall stunning landscape of its region, but its versatility means that it has become one of the most commonly exported trees anywhere in the world.