|Picea orientalis is a slow-growing spruce, reaching 60 feet after 60 years. It has a dense, narrow, columnar habit and pendulous branches. Needles are glossy, dark green, with stomatic lines on both sides. Cones are 2 to 4 inches long, red-purple when young, brown when mature. It tolerates poor gravelly soil, needs protection from harsh winds; in extreme cold it can develop brown tip burn. This is a lovely specimen tree for smaller properties. Native to the Caucasus.
'Aurea' bears creamy gold leaves for 6 weeks in spring.