Thin, dark gray-brown in color, smooth, later flaky or scaly.
Serbian is one of the few spruces with flat needles, not the four-sided needles of most spruces. The short, ½ inch to 1 inch long needles are lustrous dark green above while the underside has two broad, white stomatal bands. These bands collectively standout, creating a unique silvery contrast that is very effective when the upswept branches move in the wind.
Cones are egg-shaped to 2½ inches long and pendulous, blue-black when young, cinnamon when mature.