|This fast growing evergreen tree is extremely hardy and wind resistant. Pyramidal growth habit when young, becoming columnar when mature. Bark is red-brown. Leaves are needle-like, dark green, blunt, and four sided, to 1 inch long. Leaves point upward and forward on orange-brown shoots. Female cones are deep green and conical, turning brown later in the year, 4 to 8 inches long. Norway is the most commonly cultivated spruce. Many dwarf and slow growing cultivars are available.
'Pygmaea' has narrow, widely spreading, grayish-green young leaves, turning dark green when mature. Very slow growing. Needs judicious pruning.