Norway Spruce Picea abies
Family: Pinaceae (Pine)
Branching: Evergreen

The introduced tree is usually the most common Spruce in cities and towns.  In typical spruce fashion, it can be difficult to differentiate when young, but a mature form is quite distinctive with its large drooping branches and cones twice the size of any other spruce.  The bark is less distinctive, and often looks similar to White.  Mature White Spruce trees can have the drooping branches as well (though not usually as pronounced), but whenever cones are present they provide the best identification.

A mature Norway Spruce (trees that aren't grown in such
an open area will not have their branches this close to the ground.)

Norway Spruce cones


Another view of the twig

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