Norway Spruce will attract wildlife to your landscape
Picea abies, known as the Norway spruce, originated in Europe but is also a common sight in North America. This evergreen first appeared in the Black Forest and Eurasia, long before growing in Norway. When people emigrated, they brought the trees to the new land to plant.
Because it tolerates different soil conditions and has thick branches, people often plant it as a wind barrier. It also functions as an attractive border and provides privacy when cultivated in hedgerows. Its pyramidal shape makes it a favorite Christmas tree. This tall evergreen matures to heights between 50 and 80 feet. Any Norway spruce will add an elegant, formal ambiance to its surroundings.
Norway Spruce will add elegance and beauty to any garden or landscape
This tree thrives in hardiness zones 3 to 7. It transplants easily and will feel at home in many different places. Since it develops reasonably quickly at a rate of 13 to 24 inches annually, it is the fastest growing tree among spruces. This applies especially when planted in its preferred environment of full sun.
Norway spruce tolerates some drought and grows in many soil conditions, including acidic, clay, loamy, sandy, well-drained and moist. While the tree roots spread, they run very shallowly. When growing Norway spruce, add three or four inches of organic mulch. This will help conserve moisture and control the soil temperature.
Its dark-green needles feel square and measure up to one inch in length. They are smooth and grow with tips. This tree manufactures stiffly scaled cones that grow upright on branches. Once you fertilize the tree, these will slowly turn downward. The cylindrical, long cones grow to a length of four to six inches.
Norway spruces play an important environmental role, especially in the winter. That’s because they attract a large assortment of wildlife. Deer, hares, grouses, furbearers, and songbirds use them as winter cover. Additionally, owls and hawks like to use them as roosting habitats.