Picea likiangensis var. purpurea / Purplecone Spruce

(Jacobson):

P. likiangensis var. purpurea
= P. purpurea.

From W China and E Tibet. Uncommon. Needles 1/3" - 5/8" long, dark green above, pale gray-green beneath. Twigs hairy. Cones 1 1/4" - 2 1/4" (3") long, purple when young. Apex of tree notably narrow with ascending branches. Records: 85' x 5'0" Westonbirt, Gloucestershite, England (1988; planted 1931). Many experts believe this should rank as a separate species, and if so, the variety "balfouriana" ought to be placed in subordination to it.

Picea likiangensis var. purpurea Photographed on the grounds of The US National Arboretum during May 2006; Washington, D.C.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Picea likiangensis var. purpurea Photographed on the grounds of The US National Arboretum during May 2006; Washington, D.C.
Photo by Dax Herbst

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