Immature female cones - cooked. The central portion, when roasted, is sweet and syrupy. Inner bark - dried, ground into a powder and then used as a thickener in soups etc or added to cereals when making bread. An emergency food, it is only used when all else fails. Seed - raw. Too small and fiddly to be worthwhile unless you are desperate.A refreshing tea, rich in vitamin C, can be made from the young shoot tips.
Medicinal uses(Warning!)There are no medicinal uses listed for Picea purpurea.
Cuttings of semi-ripe terminal shoots, 5 - 8cm long, August in a frame. Protect from frost. Forms roots in the spring. Cuttings of mature terminal shoots, 5 - 10cm long, September/October in a cold frame. Takes 12 months.Cuttings of soft to semi-ripe wood, early summer in a frame. Slow but sure.
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Although dormant trees are cold-hardy, the young shoots in spring are often damaged by late frosts. In some upland areas, especially over granitic or other base-poor soils, growth rate and health have been seriously affected by aluminium poisoning induced by acid rain. Plants are strongly outbreeding, self-fertilized seed usually grows poorly. They hybridize freely with other members of this genus. Fairly fast growing after a slow start, trees can average height increases of 30 - 40cm a year.Trees should be planted into their permanent positions when they are quite small, between 30 and 90cm. Larger trees will check badly and hardly put on any growth for several years. This also badly affects root development and wind resistance.
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