Red Spruce

Red Spruce

Picea rubens

Container Size: Stuewe Pot

Featured Plant Category: Focal point

Bloom Time: April

Bloom Color: Red-Yellow

Soil Moisture: Medium

Soil Type: Average, well-drained, acidic

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Please note: Plants can’t be shipped in paper wrapping, but it will be included along with instructions so you can wrap the pots to your liking! Our Red Spruce are grown in “Stuewe Pots”, it’s tall and narrow and gives plenty of room for their root system to develop. We recommend planting your holiday trees when the season is over. Feel free to dig your holes when you receive your plants and cover them until you’re ready.

Red Spruce is an extremely important tree in the northeastern forests of North America. It has immense wildlife value, as it provides food and shelter to many species of birds and mammals. Grouse and squirrels feed on its buds and seeds, hare feed on its twigs and foliage, deer use it as cover. They can be found growing anywhere from the western Carolinas up through Canada, and typically reach heights of 60 to 80 feet at maturity. This beautiful tree has historically been used for many purposes – its pitch was used for patching holes, its sap processed into chewing gum, its resonant lumber used to make musical instruments.

In the landscape red spruce can make for a nicely shaped specimen tree or a screen tree. They can be slow to get started, but put on as much as a foot per year once established.

Additional information



Container Size

Stuewe Pot

Bloom Time


Bloom Color


Soil Moisture


Soil Type

Average, well-drained, acidic.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

Picea rubens

Shipping Information

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At Direct Native Plants, we take many precautions to make sure your plants will arrive in the best condition possible.

Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: These boxes can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Direct Native Plants supports the United States Postal Service, so your plants will ship via USPS Priority Mail. Orders ship out Monday through Wednesday of each week, and depending on how close you are to our nursery in Maryland, shipping will take anywhere from 1-4 business days.

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