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 Norway Spruce - Picea abies or picea excelsa (latin)

Norway Spruce - Picea abies - picea excelsa

Area of origin: Mountains of central Europe; in cold wet mountains (Northern Alps, Jura and Vosges) in meridional mountains (Southern Alps) and Scandinavia.
Adult Dimensions: Height up to 50m (164'), width up to 15m(49,2').
Foliage: Evergreen
Soil Type: Dislikes lime.
Hardiness: Dislikes dry or polluted air. Hardy to -28°C.
Exposure: Full sun.
 

 Norway Spruce - Picea abies - picea excelsa

 Norway Spruce - Picea abies - picea excelsa

 Characteristics and Uses: Planted alone in parks and gardens.  It is also used to create beautiful avenues.  It is also grown for Christmas Trees.  It is a very important tree within forests throughout Europe.  The wood is widely used in carpentry and papermaking.

List of Spruces:
Colorado Spruce (Picea pungens), bluish needles, conical shape, dislikes chalky soil
Dwarf Alberta White Spruce (Picea Glauca 'Conica'), dwarf conifer, light green soft needles in spring and grey green in winter, wide conical shape
Serbian Spruce, is easily recognised with its narrow weeping shape. Its fruits are conical
Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis), green and silvery grey needles, wide shape
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