Norway Spruce is a graceful
pyramidal evergreen. Norway Spruce is the fastest growing of the spruce
and can grow up to 3' per year. Pyramidal and graceful when mature.
Norway Spruce have beautiful spreading branches with drooping twigs. The needles persist
for 3-4 years and are dark green and blunt compared to Blue Spruce. The
cones on a Norway Spruce are long (4-6") purple when young (see picture
below). Norway has good survival in ice storms. Squirrels love to
collect the cones for seed. I found a couple hundred Norway Spruce cones
all lined up in 3 rows outside my barn a few years ago and thought the
kids laid them out. A couple of days later I spotted a red squirrel
carrying more Norway cones to the rows. The little guy was stashing them
in the barn for the winter. Norway Spruce were once used as masts on
sailing ships. Norway Spruce is the major tree in the Black Forest of
Germany. Native to most of north and central Europe. Norway Spruce was grown as a Christmas tree and is becoming
more popular for that purpose again because of it's dense dark green
color. Useful for grafting purposes. Norway Spruce can be moved easily
balled and burlapped or with rootbags
and can grow well in wet areas. Norway Spruce prefer a cool climate but
can be set back by -30 temperatures. Norway Spruce prefer full sunlight.
Norway Spruce pests: Mites can be a problem. Eastern Spruce
gall aphid forms pineapple like galls at the base of twigs. Galls caused
by Cooley's Spruce gall aphid cause browning at the branch tips.
Bagworms can be a problem. In northern climates, Spruce budworm larvae
eat the developing buds and young needles. The Spruce needle miner digs
a small hole in the base of a needle then mines out the center. Pine
needle scale is a white, elongated scale found feeding on the needles
only. Sawfly larvae may feed on the needles. Borers can infest trees
which are weakened by other problems. A row of Norway Spruce will work
well for a fast growing wind break or hedge. To
buy Norway Spruce seedlings
or for prices on a Norway Spruce see the drop down menu below. We
also have Blue Spruce, Black Spruce,
Black Hill Spruce, Engelman Spruce, White Spruce, Meyeri Spruce and Serbian Spruce. To search other evergreen prices
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Cultivars of Picea abies There are
over 80 cultivars or genetic variations of the Norway Spruce.
We will try to highlight these as time allows. We
do not carry many of these but can possibly refer you to someone who
Perry's Gold is a
brightly colorful evergreen in the spring. It's color varies from yellow
to white and greens up later in the year. It is generally a small tree
as compared to the regular Norway spruce and tends to be slower growing
and have denser foliage.
This is a Weeping Norway Spruce and is also called a snake branch
spruce. The lower branches hang down and look similar to a weeping
willow but is an evergreen giving it the snake branch look.
Dwarf Alberta Spruce: Originally found as a small
group of trees in Alberta Canada in 1904 and brought back to the States
to cultivate. Readily available at most local nurseries in the typical
range of the Norway spruce. The typical growth rate is about 1-2 inches
per year and may attain 6 foot in 20 years from a 3 foot planting. Some
years ago I had a customer arrive with a dwarf Alberta spruce in her
trunk that she said was dead. She was hopping mad at brand X nursery
down the road. I could not convince her that it was alive and well but
just had a bare patch on 1 side that would fill in if she gave it time.
sold her a tree of ours and off she went. Now this spruce is looking
real good and is in my collection of salvaged trees.
Maxwellii: These are low growing forms of norway
spruce that were originally witches brooms.
We have Norway Spruce up to 15'. Call for B+B prices.
Young cones on Norway Spruce
5 yr Norway Spruce seedling
2-3 20-30" Norway Spruce
Mature Norway Spruce
To order Norway Spruce by PHONE: We're glad to take your
order by phone. For your convenience, we have a toll free number 800
568-9179. Phone orders can be charged to VISA or MasterCard accounts.
To order Norway Spruce by MAIL: For those who wish to
order by mail or prefer to send a check, send orders to:
Porcupine Hollow Farm
8593 W. State Rd. Central Lake, Mi. 49622
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