Serbian Spruce - Picea omorika
City Gardener Pekka Jyränkö was a great fan of conifers. The Serbian Spruce was one of his favourites, an excellent urban tree that can withstand air pollution and poor conditions. The short branches of the slim, slender Serbian Spruce from the mountains of Serbia curve gently upwards. Its green needles have a silvery shimmer on their underside. Even young trees produce small, blue-black cones.
The Serbian Spruce is currently the most frequently planted Spruce species in Helsinki, and is planted primarily in parks and along streets. They are found e.g. in the Siltamäki area park, along the Ring I motorway and in Malmi cemetery.