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Norway Spruce

Will Ship Spring 2024

Plant Type: Evergreen, bare-root

Zones:  2-7

Soil Type:  Clay, Loamy & Sandy Soils

Site Selection: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Mature Height & Width:  60-80' Height and 30-40' Spread

Growth Rate:  Fast - 24" or more per year once established

Moisture Requirements: Dry to average soils

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Plant Characteristics

Norway Spruce

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The Norway Spruce is a true northwoods giant that can reach heights of 90+ feet. This conifer has the same conical shape as the White Spruce, but exhibits its signature drooping branches as it matures. This fast growing evergreen has dark green color with short, shiny and stiff needles. A common choice for windbreaks since its strong and flexible form can withstand winds over 100mph. The Norway Spruce tolerates dry locations better than other spruces, but prefers loamy, well-drained locations. This tree is very adaptable to most conditions and naturally deer resistant.

The Norway Spruce has lustrous dark green needles which are 1/2 to 1" long and maintain their dark green color all winter. Its bark is reddish brown and somewhat scaly. The cones produced by this conifer are relatively long at 4 to 6". A very popular tree used for reforestation due to fast growth rate, classic look and great wildlife value. This conifer is adaptable to most growing conditions with the exception of hot and arid climates. 

Common Uses:

  • Windbreak, can withstand winds of 100mph
  • Ornamental
  • Reforestation
  • Good wildlife value
  • Shade tree

This is a giant tree when it matures, think of it as a multi level skyscraper for birds. Thick foliage provides birds a great place for nesting, roosting and cover from predators and winter weather. Many animals large and small use this tree for cover and shelter including grouse, woodcock and hares. While the tree is used by owls and hawks for roosting, it is common to see an Eagle or Osprey perched atop these towering forest kings.

Product Questions

If I order Norway Spruce seedlings, when can I expect them to be shipped?
Question by: Anne Snyder on Apr 5, 2021, 12:40 PM
Most bare-root conifers are not available until mid-April, so if your order contains bare-root conifers, it may not ship prior to mid-April.

The process of shipping your order is based upon several specifics:

• Chronological placement of the order
• Availability of nursery stock
• USDA Hardiness Zone of the shipping address
• Customer requested delivery week

Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Apr 5, 2021, 2:44 PM
Best way to plant Norway Spruce 4 year transplants? We would like to plant about 4 - 5 acres.
Question by: David Varney on Dec 8, 2022, 10:55 AM
The transplants will require a shovel to dig a proper hole for planting. They are too big for a planting bar.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Dec 8, 2022, 1:11 PM
I would like to plant some evergreens, either Fraser Firs, Norway Spruce, or White Spruce. I live in zone 6B with mostly clay soil. Which tree will do best in this climate? Thank you
Question by: D Smith on Dec 10, 2022, 3:32 PM
Norway Spruce and White Spruce would be best. The Fraser Fir doe snot like clay soil.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Dec 12, 2022, 8:54 AM