Picea abies Lake States (Lake States Norway Spruce, Norway Spruce) is a large evergreen tree native to Europe, including regions like the Scandinavian Peninsula. It has been introduced to various parts of the world and is commonly grown for timber, ornamental purposes, and in reforestation efforts. It is a fast-growing tree with several distinctive characteristics:
Appearance: The Norway Spruce typically reaches heights of 40 to 60 meters (130 to 200 feet), although it can grow even taller in optimal conditions. It has a conical shape with dense, horizontal branches that often droop slightly. The bark is reddish-brown or grayish-brown and develops furrows with age. The needles are dark green, needle-like, and arranged spirally on the branches. They measure around 1 to 2 centimeters (0.4 to 0.8 inches) in length.
Adaptability: The Norway Spruce is adaptable to various soil types, including sandy, loamy, and clay soils, but it prefers well-drained and acidic soils. It can tolerate both full sun and partial shade. While it is relatively cold-hardy, it prefers cooler climates and is not as well-suited to hot and dry conditions.
Timber: Norway Spruce is highly valued for its timber, which is used in construction, woodworking, and pulp production. The wood is light, strong, and has a straight grain. It is commonly used for timber framing, joinery, musical instruments, and paper manufacturing.
Ornamental Use: The Norway Spruce is widely cultivated as an ornamental tree in parks, gardens, and landscapes due to its elegant form and rich green foliage. It can be used as a specimen tree, a windbreak, or for creating privacy screens. Its dense branching habit also makes it suitable for wildlife cover.
Botanical Name : Picea abies Lake States
Common Name : Lake States Norway Spruce
Height : 60-90 ft
Spread : 40 ft
Germination Info : No pre-treatment required
Hardiness zone : 3-8
Average seed per ounce : Approx. 3125