Norway Spruce - Picea Abies
The Norway Spruce (Picea abies) is a popular ornamental tree in Wisconsin. It is native to Europe, but it has been introduced to North America and is now widely planted in the northeastern United States and Canada. Norway Spruces are fast-growing trees that can reach heights of 50-70 feet. They have a pyramidal shape with drooping branches. The needles are dark green and sharp. The cones are large and cylindrical, and they mature in the fall.
Norway Spruces are hardy in USDA zones 2-7. They prefer full sun and moist, well-drained soil. They are tolerant of a variety of soil types, but they do not do well in alkaline soils. Norway Spruces are relatively pest- and disease-free.
In Wisconsin, Norway Spruces are often planted as Christmas trees, windbreaks, and shade trees. They are also used in landscaping and erosion control.
Here are some additional details about Norway Spruces in Wisconsin: