Norway Spruce seedlings are a fast growing, dark-green spruce with short needles. The pleasant appearance of this fast growing spruce makes it ideal as an ornamental, and is well-suited to applications such as evergreen windbreaks and privacy screens.
However, Norway Spruce foliage is not as dense as many slower growing species, and so it is often best to plant two rows of Norway Spruce seedlings in a foot-step pattern to speed up the closure rate of a natural privacy screen. Another privacy screen trick is to mix Norway Spruce seedlings with a slower growing species such as Black Hills Spruce or Meyers Spruce, with the Norways providing good height in a shorter period of time, and the slower species providing denser foliage.
Norway Spruce are the dominant evergreen in Europe, and although they are not native to the US, they are commonly planted throughout the Northeast and as far south as Tennessee. Norway Spruce seedlings can survive even farther south if planted at higher elevation, but are best suited to temperate climates, need full sun, and prefer richer soils. They can reach a jaw-dropping height of 200 feet, but most max out at a “merely impressive” 80 feet.
Norway Spruce seedlings: characteristics and options• prefers hardiness zones 3-6
• prefers full sun to partial shade
• mature height and spread: 60-80 ft high, 30 ft spread
• prefers slightly acidic loamy soils, but is quite adaptable to a wide range of soils
• Morton Arboretum info on Picea abies
• Norway Spruce Sizes and Availability:
--- Norway Spruce seedlings [now shipping]
--- Norway Spruce transplants [now shipping]
--- Norway Spruce plug seedlings [now shipping]
--- Norway Spruce plug transplants [sold out till Fall 2019]
--- Norway Spruce conservation grade plug transplants [sold out till Fall 2019]
• order using the green buttons below, or use our evergreen mailorder form
• Comparable alternative species: Black Spruce, Black Hills Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce, Meyers Spruce, Serbian Spruce and White Spruce. Confused about species? Check out our Evergreen Tree Buyers Guide
These specific bare root evergreen seedlings are available and shipping now [shipping info]. If you’d like to delay shipment, please specify that date in a follow up email after placing your order. However, shipping season for these specific evergreen trees ends around Thanksgiving week 2018 and resumes in Spring 2019. If you need evergreen trees shipped before or after these dates, please look at our various sizes and species of evergreen plug seedlings and evergreen plug transplants, which can be shipped at nearly any time of year.