Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: none required
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Admire the natural grandeur of Norway Spruce (Picea abies), a large evergreen coniferous tree native to Europe. Thriving across Norway, Poland, and eastwardly, this species is a significant part of the landscapes from the arctic in the north, down to the mountainous regions of central Europe including the Alps, the Carpathians, the Balkans and as far south as Greece. It proudly displays distinctive needle-like, quadrangular leaves that stretch from 12–24 mm long, boasting a rich dark green hue with subtle stomatal lines. These unique trees bear the longest cones of any spruce variety, which are initially green or reddish before maturing into a beautiful brown. This robust tree grows fast, standing tall and broad before gracefully narrowing towards the top. Appreciated for its medicinal use in treating boil and abscess pain, the Norway spruce is also popular in landscaping, as a Christmas tree or timber source. Fully mature, it stands from 115-180 ft with a trunk diameter of 3-5 ft. Relish in the transformation from bright green shoots to a darker, somber shade reflecting a life well-lived. With a lifespan averaging 200 years, celebrate the strength, endurance, and sheer size of the Norway Spruce in your landscape.