Red Pine grows into a large tree, upwards of feet high and 30 to 40 inches in diameter, usually with a straight trunk. Branches form an open rounded head on older trees after the lower branches fall away. Young trees will be a pyramidal shape. Upper branches are usually ascending while lower branches may be descending. One whorl of branches is produced annually from the leading shoot. The bark on mature trees is divided into cross-checked reddish-brown plates, yielding the common name.
We love this tree! We do not know everything about Norway Spruce as I believe nobody does, but working together we can give the Norway Spruce the distinction it deserves. The Norway Spruce is a native of Europe, and is commonly called the mountain spruce there. We have seen them survive in higher elevations that are cooler with rainfall from 12 to 25" per year.
The Norway spruce Picea abies is a coniferous evergreen fir tree native to the mountainous regions of Europe and Asia. Introduced to the British Isles around AD, it was brought to America by explorers and now thrives from the northeastern United States into Canada and west to the Pacific coast. Mature Norway spruce are characterized by a columnar shape and drooping branches. Norway spruce grow to an average height of to feet with a spread of roughly 40 feet, though taller specimens have been found in Europe. Its bole, or trunk, is normally straight and does not separate into a fork.