The Norway Spruce, Picea abies, will be very familiar to people of the United States and Canada, but in truth and reality, it is a tree of Europe as it is native to Northern Europe, Central Europe and Eastern Europe – from Norway, Poland, the mountainous terrains of the central, southwestern-most parts of the western sides of the Alps, and the southeastern areas such as the Carpathians and Balkans stretching further to the extreme north of Greece. It has served a lot of purposes like pulp, lumber and a specimen tree for landscape. It has a unique pattern which is the dense branching pattern and it is a perfect tree for the yuletide seasons. It is a very popular tree for windbreaks. Its branchlets hang downwards and they contain the large cones – the largest of any spruce species – ranging from 3.5 to 6.75 inches.
The Norway Spruce species adds a real life to the indoor decoration during and after the Christmas seasons. There is also a great nostalgic feeling that this beloved tree gives with its fresh scent and classy look that has always been a unique feature. It spots dark green foliage year in year out with a good conical shape that is symmetrical. It also possesses thin needles that serve as a perfect framework for hanging decorations and ornaments. Those needles are prickly thin and they contribute to its unique attribute among the other tree species. There is a popular notion that the more Norway Spruce tree you have, the more benefits you will get. When you have this tree in your garden, you will not have any need to cut the grasses and weeds because this tree will always win the battle and suppress any unwanted plant that sprouts in your garden. In times of drought, it goes into shut-down mode and at the same time, it can survive an extremely wet soil. It can thrive on any soil and in any kind of weather. It is a bane for rodents, deer and other pests that trouble the indoor and outdoor.
It has a strong, soft and straight wood which is also fine-grained and very easy to work on. It is an important integral for construction, pulp making, musical instruments and furniture.
Caring for the Tree:
The tree does not require much effort for its care. There are instances whereby you don’t need to lift a finger for its care most especially if the tree is planted with enough elbow room. Most times, the only thing you are required to do is to provide water occasionally.
It grows very fast – the growth rate is exceptional. It can grow up to 2 feet all year round and developing a pyramid shape on their crowns. Its needle-like leaves can grow to about 2.5cm long with a dark green and glossy look. Its light brown cones can grow up to 15cm in length and 5cm in width as they taper at the top.