Tree eventually growing to over 20 m tall but mature cultivated trees rare in Australia. Branches horizontal, higher ones upturned at the ends but branchlets hanging down on older trees. Young shoots reddish brown, hairy, ridged. Buds 5-8 mm long, slightly resinous at first, tip blunt. Leaves mostly 2-3 cm long, white below, arranged around the stem. Female cones cylindrical, 8-11 cm long, 2-4 cm wide; scales thinly woody with entire margins. Seed about 3 mm long, wings about 1 cm long.
Grows naturally near the tree line in dry gravelly montane soils of the Siskyou Mountain Range. Mature trees are rare. Picea abies is sometimes offered in nurseries under this name.
Montane California & Oregon.
Strongly weeping branchlets; globose buds; grey hairy shoots; leaves arranged all around the stem, not parted below, flattened, white below.
TAS: Hobart (Royal Tasmanian Bot. Gds).
Source: (1995). Pinaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.