Norway Spruce & Seedling Give-Away
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Norway Spruce (Picea Abies) trees were first introduced from the cooler climates of Europe where it is native to America sometime around 1860, mostly New England. It was brought into the United States for use as an ornamental landscape and commercial timber tree since it has a high survival rate and relatively fast growth (1’-3’ annually). Many such trees can be seen today in our communities like downtown Bryson City and Sylva at Mark Watson Park. Larger numbers of these trees have been planted around estates, cemeteries, parks and plantations for timber.
Fast growth to about 70 feet in height and spread of 35 feet. Dense, dark green needles never get longer than 1 inch. Thrives well in average soil conditions, but prefers moisture in the soil to maintain its deep green color. Highly valued ornamental and timber tree. One of the best conifers for shelters and windbreaks, as its branches grow densely into one another. For planting a windbreak, these trees should be planted about 12 feet apart. They can withstand winds up to 100 mph since they have a deep fiberous spreading root system that make them very wind firm. Branches droop gracefully as the tree matures, making this a very attractive ornamental. They also make a good tree to plant for an outdoor living Christmas Tree, but not indoors since it drops its needles quickly unlike our native Fraser Fir.
So when fall to spring planting for a screen, timber, wildlife or landscape, consider the Norway Spruce since it is one of the hardiest and most adaptable in the world. They do well in our moist and cool climate of the Southern Appalachians, but can also withstand droughts.
Habitat: Full sun of about 6 hours and fairly moist soils
FREE Norway Spruce Seedling Give-Away
November 11, 2023
10:00 a.m. – Noon
Swain Co. Heritage Museum
255 Main Street (Veteran’s Monument on front lawn)
This Veteran’s Day plant a tree as a memorial to a veteran! Be sure to stop by and pick-up your FREE Norway Spruce Seedling on November 11.
Once your tree is big enough, it will make a great outdoor living Christmas Tree. Decorate it with lights and share the spirit of the season with your neighbors!
Happy Veteran’s Day!
For more information on Norway Spruce or other trees, please contact Jackson Extension at 586-4009 or Swain Extension at 488-3848 or email Robert Hawk at email@example.com. Article written by Jackson and Swain County Extension Director Robert Hawk.