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Norway Spruce in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Picea abies

 

Norway Spruce

Spruce trees are evergreen conifers with needles, rather than leaves. The needles of a spruce can be identified by being attached individually to the twig, and they are 4-sided, and can be rolled between your fingers. Picea abies, the Norway Spruce is the most commonly cultivated of the spruce trees. It begins life with a conical shape and matures into a statuesque columnar tree form. It produces blunt, 4-sided, dark green leaves which point outwards and upwards, deep green female cones which eventually turn brown.

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plant Features
  • Norway Spruce likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Norway Spruce likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Norway Spruce is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Norway Spruce likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

 
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plant information

Common name

Norway Spruce

Latin name

Picea abies

type

Coniferous tree

family

Pinaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Norway Spruce likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Norway Spruce is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Norway Spruce likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

  • Water

    Norway Spruce likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Norway Spruce is 10.00meters x 20.00meters 10.00 M 20.00 M

Picea abies

Spruce trees are evergreen conifers with needles, rather than leaves. The needles of a spruce can be identified by being attached individually to the twig, and they are 4-sided, and can be rolled between your fingers. Picea abies, the Norway Spruce is the most commonly cultivated of the spruce trees. It begins life with a conical shape and matures into a statuesque columnar tree form. It produces blunt, 4-sided, dark green leaves which point outwards and upwards, deep green female cones which eventually turn brown.


Planting Season (Autumn)

From Mid Autumn TO Late Autumn

Plant out container grown plants in mid to late Autumn. Choose a partially shady, or full sun, site in acid soil

 

Propagate by Seed

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

Collect cones from a spruce tree, and leave to dry in a paper bag until the seeds fall out. Store the seeds in a plastic bag in your freezer until mid Spring, when you should take them out of the freezer and soak the seeds in water for 24 hrs., then wrap the seeds in some kitchen paper and refrigerate them for 6 weeks. After this, germinate the seeds by placing them on wet kitchen paper, cover them with plastic, and check daily to make sure the kitchen towel is wet. The seeds should germinate within 3 weeks. Transfer the germinated seeds carefully (using tweezers to handle them) into CLEAN pots 3/4 filled with potting compost (preferably ericaceous). Place the seedlings on top of the compost and then carefully cover them with sand.Place the pt in indirect sunlight, keep the soil moist - not wet - until the seedlings are big enough to plant outside. Harden them off by putting the pot outdoors daily for a few days to acclimatise them.

 
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