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Picea abies

Pronunciation: Pie-see-uh ay-beez
Family: Pinaceae (pine family)
Common Name: Norway spruce, common spruce
Plant Type:
  • trees, shrubs
Height to: 50'-100'
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • -30 to -40ºF ZONE 3
  • -20 to -30ºF ZONE 4
  • -10 to -20ºF ZONE 5
  • 0 to -10ºF ZONE 6
  • 10 to 0ºF ZONE 7
Sun Exposure:
  • full sun
Bloom Season:
  • early autumn
  • mid autumn
Bloom Description: The trunk bark is reddish brown to purplish and flakes off in thin plates. The bark on young shoots is orange brown. The main branches come off the trunk in a whorled pattern, mainly horizontal with upward turned tips. Smaller branchlets tend to droop downward off the main branches. The gray green to blue green needles are about an inch long or a little less, and distinctly four-angled.
Soil Type: Best in well-drained, sandy soils
  • No
Plant Perks:
  • Wind Tolerant
Pests and Diseases: Spruce gall adelgid, red spiders, tip weevils
Propagation: Propagate norway spruce from seeds sown in spring. Seeds usually germinate readily and do not require pre-treatment. The dwarf cultivars may be propagated from tip cuttings of mature shoots taken in summer. Some of the cultivars typically are grafted onto seedlings of the species.
Native to: Europe
Notes for Identification: The typical species form of norway spruce is an important timber tree in its native land, harvested for pulp and general purpose construction. A resin extracted from the bark is called burgundy pitch and used in varnishes and medicines. Norway spruce is the traditional christmas tree in europe, and is also used for that purpose in north america. As an ornamental, norway spruce is commonly cultivated as a specimen or in rows for screens or windbreaks. Bird's nest spruce and other dwarf cultivars of norway spruce are often used as features in foundation plantings and rock gardens. Some of the dwarf cultivars are used in bonsai.
Located in: Trees, Shrubs
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