Picea asperatavar.asperata, as described in 1906 by Maxwell Tylden Masters (1833–1907), in Journal of the Linnean Society, Botany, 37th edition, is commonly known as Dragon spruce; as well as 云杉 (yun shan) in the Chinese language. It is the type of this species. For a full description, please refer to the main species page.
Notable traits that have a bearing on differentiating it from other specific varieties of Dragon spruce include:
Branchlets are hairy, but sometime not; yellowish or reddish brown in color and not waxy.
Needles are neither waxy nor pointed.
Seed scale edges are smooth or minutely toothed.
Distribution. This variety is native throughout the entire range of the species.