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Norway Spruce

Norway Spruce
A native of Europe, the Norway spruce is widely planted for Christmas trees. Hundreds of cultivars are grown in North America. You can find several graceful, mature Norway spruce on Cedar Hill. The shape of the Norway spruce makes it easy to shed heavy snow from its branches.

Common Name: Norway Spruce

Scientific Name: Picea abies

Origin: Northern and central Europe

Family: Pinaceae

Size: 40 - 60' tall, 30 - 35' wide

Form: Fairly dense when young, more open with age

Culture: Thrives in full sun; best in well-drained, sandy soils; prefers acidic soils and cooler climates


0.5 - 1" stiff, pointed needles; persist three to four years, tend to point downwards towards the stem tip


Female flowers terminal and pink


4 - 6" long, 1.5 - 2" wide, cones found at ends of branches


Gray-brown color; thin, peeling scales