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Norway Spruce - Heavy 2 Year Jiffy Plugs
Native to northern and central Europe, the Norway spruce can grow as tall as 230 feet, though it is most gardens it grows to between 60 and 100 feet. Because of its native habitat, it grows best in hardiness zones 2 to 7. Like most members of the spruce family, it has a pyramidal habit and stiff branches that point upward until age allows them to droop attractively.
The Norway spruce is renown for how quickly it grows. It is not uncommon for this tree to produce more than 2 feet a year. As spruce, it has four-sided, evergreen, needle-like leaves arranged in spirals. They leave peg-like bases on the twig when they fall. This makes the branches rough to the touch. The tiny flowers open in May, and the mature cones can be up to 9 inches long and always hang downwards. They are green at first then turn brown as they ripen.
The tree is grown easily in moist, acidic soil that drains well, though it can also thrive in soil that is a bit sweeter and richer than average. The Norway spruce is very tolerant of pollution, drought and abrupt changes in climate and is a favorite for planting in public parks, big lawns and woodland gardens. A line of these trees makes an excellent windbreak in colder climates, and dwarf varieties do well in rock gardens.
When first planted, this spruce needs to be watered at least once a week until it’s established. It attracts birds who nest and roost in its branches. Since it is an evergreen, it adds winter interest to the garden.
The Norway spruce is an excellent timber tree and was prized by Stradivarius for making his violins. Turpentine is extracted from its branches, and it has a deliciously fragrant smell from the resin found in its bark. This resin gives the tree its name of Picea abies. Picea derives from the word "pix", which is Greek for pitch or resin.