Picea abies Norway spruce Pinaceae PIAB*; Bx, pb, up, wv; NY; K; R, gb;

   

Picea abies.commons.wikipedia.org. (Accessed 8/2014).

Picea abies.commons.wikipedia.org. (Accessed 8/2014).

Picea abies is an evergreen gymnosperm tree to 30 m tall, bark rusty-brown, flaking, habit pyramidal, branches droop, secondary branches pendulous, as if draped along branches, young trees with stiffer habit. 

Leaves: Needles, dark green, about 2 cm long, stiff, straight. 

Flowers: None; gymnosperm; cones monoecious, males short, red, females about 12 cm long at maturity. Scales thin.

Fruit none: seeds wind dispersed. 

Wetland status: NL. 

Frequency in New York City: Infrequent. 

Origin: Europe (Dirr 1990). 

Habitat: Around old house sites; rarely escapes into forest understory. Very common horticultural tree, especially in suburbs. Tolerates a wide range of conditions.