Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Pinopsida - Order: Pinales - Family: Pinaceae
This well-known evergreen is better known as the Christmas Tree; it was introduced from mainland Europe into Britain.
Spruce leaves (needles) are dark green, four-sided and pointed.
The mature female (seed-bearing) cones of Norway Spruce, often 12 to 15 cm long, are stalkless and they are shed intact.
Picea sitchensis, the Sitka Spruce, was introduced into Britain from North America in 1831 and is now widely planted here. It is a taller tree and has much shorter cones.