Norway spruce

(Picea abies)

Conservation Status
Norway spruce
Photo by Randy
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

NNA - Not applicable

SNA - Not applicable

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Norway spruce is a relatively fast growing, long lived, evergreen, coniferous tree. In Minnesota mature trees are usually 40 to 65 tall and up to 36 in diameter at breast height, though tall individuals can reach over 100 in height.

 
     
 

Height

 
 

40 to 65

 
     
 

Record

 
 

Records are not kept for nonnative species.

 
     
 

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Habitat
 
 

 

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Pollination

 
 

 

 
     
 

Pests and Diseases

 
 

 

 
     
 
Use
 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

2, 3, 4, 7, 22, 24, 29, 30.

 
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Nativity

 
 

Native to Europe. Introduced.

 
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Naturalized. Usually persisting at old home sites.

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Pinopsida (conifers)  
  Subclass Pinidae  
 

Order

Pinales (conifers)  
 

Family

Pinaceae (pine)  
  Subfamily Piceoideae or (Pinoideae [pines, spruces, larches, and allies])  
 

Genus

Picea (spruces)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

 

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Picea abies ssp. acuminata

Picea abies ssp. europaea

Picea excelsa

Picea excelsa var. acuminata

Picea montana

Picea vulgaris var. europaea

Pinus abies

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

Norway spruce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Norway spruce. Freeborn County, Minnesota, November 2017. Can reach quite substantial size here.

 
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  Picea abies
Blake C. Willson
 
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Norway Spruce

 
  Norway spruce, Picea abies
Friends of Mount Auburn
 
  Norway spruce, Picea abies  
 
About

Mount Auburn’s winters often are long, but our landscape is beautifully accentuated with many evergreen trees and shrubs.

One important tree is the Norway spruce, Picea abies, abundantly represented here. This well-known tree is native to eastern and central Europe, and long there has been an important forest and timber tree, as well as providing widespread horticultural use. This is a tree that often grows 60 to 100-feet tall.

 

 

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Other Videos
 
  Trees with Don Leopold - Norway spruce
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Uploaded on Oct 2, 2011

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  Identifying Norway Spruce
Harper Adams
 
   
 
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Published on Sep 3, 2013

Senior Lecturer at Harper Adams University, Jim Waterson, explains how to identify Norway Spruce (Picea abies).

   
  How to ID Picea abies
Laura Deeter
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Nov 19, 2008

Short video showing the key identifying characteristics for Picea abies

   
  Kuusi ( Picea abies )
Seppo Sallinen
 
   
 
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Published on Feb 3, 2013

Sony HDR-PJ10E.
Seppo Sallinen

   

 

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11/29/2017

Location: Emmons, Minnesota

Norway spruce  
  Randy
November 2017

Location: Freeborn County, Minnesota

Can reach quite substantial size here.

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