Deeply Rooted

Sprucing Things Up – Part 3

  • Ryan Falk, Author
  • Nursery Sales Manager, Falk Nurseries

The Meyer’s spruce. Recently I told you about the Black Hills Spruce and how they are tougher and faster growing than most varieties, followed by the stunning Crystal Blue Spruce with its incredible colour and great form. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could combine those traits in one tree?

Meyer’s Spruce is an Asian variety that has been recently introduced in Manitoba. It has an excellent cold tolerance and no native pests or diseases, making it extremely reliable. Tough the Black Hills Spruce is still one step ahead of it in sunburn resistance the Meyer’s takes a step ahead in density. Its compact branching rivals that of the Crystal Blue Spruce. While they cannot outdo the Crystal Blue’s colour, some Meyer’s can develop a very nice steel blue on their needles.

Like all young evergreens, winter protection is recommended while they are young to prevent sunburn. Meyer’s will withstand the sunburn longer than Crystal, and most evergreens making it a good candidate for windbreaks or use inside the yard. We have three beautiful Meyer’s planted on the north-east corner of our parking lot, and a fourth one on the north-west. They have been there for over ten years now as a test run, competing with the Black Hills in the Southeast corner, and have impressed us nicely.