The Norway Spruce is a tall, evergreen conifer, originally from Scandinavia that was introduced into the UK in the 16th century. Familiar to us all as the traditional ‘Christmas tree’, the Norway Spruce is a common sight across the UK’s landscape, cultivated in plantations for the Christmas tree market and for timber products.
How to identify?
Spruce trees differ from firs by having downwards hanging cones, and from pine trees by having shorter needles. The Norway Spruce has longer cones than the Sitka Spruce; the female cones are reddish-brown and cigar-shaped.