Norway Spruce

Picea abies

The Norway Spruce is a very common planted tree, although it is not a native species. It is usually steeple shaped and it is the only spruce with branchlets that hang downward from the main branches. This specimen was found just west of the Volen Center for Complex Systems at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.
Norway spruce needles are dark green in color. Individual needles are 1/2"-1" (1.75-2.5cm) long and the twig is hairless.
The cones of the Norway Spruce are very long and grow mainly in the upper part of the tree. Cones fall readily, making them very useful in identification as they are the longest of the spruce cones.
Norway Spruce bark is scaly and light in color.

Unless otherwise specified, all text and images are Copyright (c) Peter Kenlan 2002. This page may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the permission of the author.