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Norway Spruce (Picea abies)

Photo credit: John Seiler, Virginia Tech Dept of Forest Resources;

This semi-weeping tree can have a dramatic effect in the landscape working well as a group planting for screening. The cigar-like cones hang ornamentally from the branches.

Power Line Approved: No

Min. street tree planting width: 12 feet

Mature Height: 50-60 feet

Mature Spread: 25-30 feet

Tree Shape: Pyramidal

Where to Plant:
This is a great tree for your yard. Plant in groups to provide screening.

Leaves:Stiff, dark green needles that feel square when you roll them in your fingers.

Cylindrical cones up to 6” long.

Preferred Site Conditions:
Full sun. Prefers moist but well drained soil.

Potential Problems:
Can be susceptible to spruce aphid.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 15 feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

Photo credit: Pat Breen, OSU

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