Norway spruce is a large, pyramidal tree with long, cylindrical cones that hang like ornaments from the weeping branches against the dark green foliage. This sun-loving, 50- to 80-foot-high tree is often used as windbreaks, screens, or hedges in large-scale landscapes.


Because of its potential size, Norway spruce is often used as a windbreak, screen or large hedge in large-scale landscapes. It is not a tree for smaller yards.
The very shallow, spreading root system benefits from a 3 to 4 inch layer of organic mulch to moderate soil temperature and conserve moisture.
Best planted in full sun. Does poorly in shade conditions.

Disease, pests, and problems

Susceptible to cytospora canker and Rhizosphaera needle cast.
Spider mites and bagworm can also be problems.

Norway Spruce

  • Soil Preference: 

    • Moist, well-drained soil, 
    • Wet soil


    • Dry sites, 
    • Occasional drought, 
    • Wet sites, 
    • Occasional flooding, 
    • Alkaline soil, 
    • Clay soil