Ezzo Spruce is an enigmatic issue. You can buy Ezzo Spruce seeds, which is actually Black Ezzo Spruce which is not the same Ezzo Spruce you see in bonsai books. There is a long convoluted story about how this confusion started I will share if you desire but you should know that the Spruce you are really looking for is Sahkilin Spruce, Picea Ghlenii. You might be able to find this seed source, and you may not. I stopped growing from seed a number of years ago so I am not sure the seed is still available. There are a lot of things about this tree that the Department of Agriculture seems to be opposed to and the fact that I have not, in many years I have been doing this, seen for sale any where, Sahkilin/Ezzo Spruce. This tells me that either the seed is not available or the seedlings have a very low survivability rate.
Don't let any of this stop you. Growing from seed is fun and can be profitable as long as you don't expect anything awe inspiring short of twenty years. The Black Ezzo is still a nice tree just not what you think it is. I would encourage you to go for it.
The old Ezzo Spruce shown in the bonsai books are for the most part collected before WWII from Shakilan Island, one of the Northern most islands in the chain. Since WWII Shakilan Island has been in the hands of the Russians who do not seem to be too willing to relinquish it back to Japan understanding that they now have a fairly significant military sight there.
As is the case with a lot of trees we have imported from Japan there always seems to be a problem with language conversion and terminology. As I pointed out, the Ezzo Spruce in the books is actually Japanese Red Spruce or Shakilan Spruce. The generic Ezzo Spruce is actually the Japanese Black spruce, or sometimes called Eddo Spruce. There seems to be a problem with this tree and the EPA, or department of agriculture, I forget now which it is. It is however forbidden to import this tree from Japan. There are a few trees you cannot even get the seeds from and I think this is one of them. That should be easy to check out if you look at Schumacher (sp?) seeds, they used to have an on line catalog. Be warned, Spruce seeds are very small.
I just checked: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...fvJnlEX6Fji0n36aQ&sig2=Mq9WAZZS6_7RQtS19hqV-Q
They are pretty expensive $83.00 an ounce.
According to the Japanese wikipedia page, the confusion that Vance Wood relates comes not from the translation but from a relaxed use by the Japanese themselves.
By the way, ezo should by transcribed with only one "z".
Hey Neli,Ezo is most of the time grown from seed...cuttings are very hard ...if ever...
This one is from seed but I got it some time ago.
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