Picea omorika 'Pevé Tijn' / Pevé Tijn Serbian spruce
When young, Picea omorika'Pevé Tijn' is a dwarf, globose, golden selection of Serbian Spruce. As the plant matures, it will develop into a small conical tree, similar to Picea omorika 'Nana' but slower growing because of the lack of chlorophyll in the needles. The gold and green of the needles is suffused by the light Blue which is typical of the species. The combination of all three colors creates a captivating tri-color effect.
'Pevé Tijn' is a wonderful plant for the rock garden or any conifer collection. Full sun will create the best color. Once established there is little chance of burning the golden foliage. Never forget that after some time, the plant will develop a leader, becoming cone shaped in later years. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 24 inches (60 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth of 1 to 3 inches (2.5 - 7.5 cm).
Piet Vergeldt (P.V. = Pevé) found 'Pevé Tijn' as a golden sport on a specimen of Picea omorika 'Nana' at his nursery in Lottum, The Netherlands. Note that in the Dutch language that Tijn is pronounced Tine.
Picea omorika 'Pevé Tijn' — photo courtesy of Will Fletcher, Washington, USA.
Photo by Will Fletcher
a picture of a mature 'Pevé Tijn' showing how it will become squatty and conical over time. Photo of a specimen taken by Clement Anthoine, Belgium; Anthoine Pinetum.
Photo by Clement Anthoine
This is a 7-year old specimen of 'Pevé Tijn' featured at Glacier's End Arboretum, Olympia, WA during a recent ACS(WR) conference. This plant is grown in full sun and nicely demonstrates the tri-color effect that makes it so attractive.
Photo by Sean Callahan