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Question: I planted 7 dwarf serbian spruce trees two years ago. Due to extremely dry weather and other things, a few have not endured. I would like to replace those with new spruces, but when I looked them up on your website, it says they're low globe-like shrubs. The ones I bought are the traditional Christmas tree shape, but they grow to be only 10 feet tall or so and only 5 feet in diameter. Can you help me locate what I'm looking for?

Answer: Serbian spruce or Picea omorika is a very large tree (say 60 to 90 feet), so any cultivar that grows smaller than the normal size could conceivably be called "dwarf". There are some named cultivars that grow smaller, but you would still need to know the specific name to get a precise match. I would suggest you go back to the retailer where you purchased the original 7 and ask them what they might have had in stock at that time and see if they can get more for you. (It is also possible that you might have some other type of spruce, something like a dwarf Alberta which is known for its taller more conical shape such as you are describing.) Good luck with your quest!

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