Picea abies • Norway Spruce

Picea Spruce トウヒ / エゾマツ 唐檜 / 蝦夷松 tōhi / ezo-matsu

There are 2 of those coniferous evergreen trees in our garden (+ several others: black spruce, 2 types of Japanese spruce and a Serbian spruce).  One Norway Spruce grows in ZZE, and it’s hardly ever inquired about due to its location along  a heavily wooded backroad close to the west fence, and the other grows on the west border of M – highly visible from many places on the path, and attracting attention for it’s large, 6″cones.


SJG • 11/8/16 – Picea abies / Norway Spruce  on the bend from East to North Path (west boarder of Area M)

The one in area M is pruned a way up from its base, well above human eye level; that pruning makes it depart from its customary conical form or ‘christmas tree’ appearance that people are used to – perhaps they inquire from confusion – I’m yet to ask the gardeners for the reason of such unusual pruning  – the bottom branches could have been damaged or in a way of comfortable path strolling….

It’s a magnificent looking evergreen,  commanding attention with its over 75′ height  and attractive, huge cones.


SJG • 11/8/16 – Norway Spruce BRANCHES, typically hanging downwards,  and CONES that are the largest cones of any spruce (ours are 6″+ long)

From NorwaySpruce.com: […] The Norway Spruce is a native of Europe, and is commonly called the mountain spruce there. Due to its hardiness and adaptability it has been introduced around the world and thrives in the plant hardiness zones of 2 to 7 where there is adequate rainfall of at least 25” per year. […]

From Wikipedia: […] The Norway spruce is one of the most widely planted spruces, both in and outside of its native range, and one of the most economically important coniferous species in Europe. It is used as an ornamental tree in parks and gardens. It is also widely planted for use as a Christmas tree. Every Christmas, the Norwegian capital city, Oslo, provides the cities of London (the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree), Edinburgh and Washington D.C. with a Norway spruce, which is placed at the most central square of each city. This is mainly a sign of gratitude for the aid these countries gave during the Second World War.[…]

From WindbreakTrees.com: […] It will grow to 100+ ft tall and 25+ ft wide, it is very wind firm due to its large spreading root system, and tough flexible wood. It can live a very long life in windbreaks of over 100 years in most soils, and is the most common old windbreak tree in the midwest. Due to its shape, heavy snow and ice storms cause little damage. Deer will not normally eat this species unless there is nothing else available. […]

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