This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Botanical Magazine gives a colored plate of this beautiful spruce; one of the most beautiful perhaps of the whole family. The young flower buds or cones are crimson as are those of the larch, and the young growth is also colored. It has been confused with the Picea alcoquiana in nurseries, from which Dr. Hooker shows its distinction. It has also been confused with Abies sichensis, formerly A. Menziesii, and some others; and may be the same as Veitchia Japonica of Lindley. It will be among the hardiest of our spruces. It is from Japan.