Nebraska Forest Service



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Issued by Nebraska Forest Service. Copyright 2005 University of Nebraska.


Norway spruce (Picea abies) is a native of Norway and northern Europe as the name implies. When Europeans first began to settle the new world (now known as the United States) they brought all their worldly belongings with them. This sometimes included trees from their homeland so that they could still remain connected to their homeland. Often times, that tree was a Norway spruce. It is not unusual to travel rural roads in the northeastern part of the United States and see two Norway spruce standing side by side either in front of an old farmhouse or alone. These are places where original families had settled. Many of these older spruce trees are beginning to die of old age as our country grows older.