Note: We have permanently sold out of Ezo spruce but will leave the page here as reference.
The Ezo Spruce is a wonderful variety of spruce prized in Japan for its tiny needles and tight growth. They are difficult to come by in the United States. They are a slower growing species that thrives in harsh cold climates. Grown from seed at Kaede Bonsai-en, these trees are well established in 2 1/4" containers.
Common Name(s): Ezo Spruce, Ezomatsu
Latin Name: Picea jezoensis
Type: Evergreen Conifer
Native to: Northern Japanese Islands, parts of Russia and North Korea
Climate: Unclear, but hardy to at least Zone 5 and possibly significantly colder. This is a species that thrives in rough winter conditions and will need a true dormancy. They seem to do well in Maryland summers that regularly exceed 90-95° F for a few weeks, but it is possible that in hotter southern climates they could struggle.
Care: Pinch shoots back in the spring to promote tighter budding. They enjoy a drier soil mix cut with components like pumice and lava rock to allow adequate drainage.