Royal Splendor® Norway Spruce - Picea abies ‘Noel' (RFM-44)


spruceNeedles_closeupStriking evergreen landscape specimen characterized by a narrower, upsweeping branch angle with brighter emerald-green needle color.


USDA hardiness zone 3-7

Mature Size:

Height: 40'
Spread: 25'

Form (Shape):

Narrowly-pyramidal habit.

Growth Rate:

Medium to fast (especially in youth).


Bright green, semi glossy needles year round, devoid of drooping, pendulous tertiary branchlets, which typify this species.




Monoecious, male flowers are infrequent, female flowers are terminal in crown and ruby-red.


3 - 5" cylindrical cone, light brown at maturity.

Special Features:

Upright narrowly-pyramidal branching.

Light Preferences:

Full sun to very light shade.

Soil Preferences:

Performs best in well-drained soil and is tolerant of higher pH soils.


Side grafting or semi-hardwood cuttings.

Ornamental Attributes:

Royal Splendor® is an outstanding ornamental selection of Norway Spruce with brighter green foliage and perfect narrowly-pyramidal growth habit.

Landscape Attributes:

Recommended as a landscape specimen tree in more open areas or as a nice upright screening tree. Royal Splendor® Norway Spruce maintains a narrowly-pyramidal form which is not typical of the species which typically develops drooping pendulous tertiary branchlets when mature. This is not the typical Norway Spruce to hide in a windbreak.


Deer resistant.

Patent Status:

U.S. Trademark registered – Royal Splendor®

Licensing Status:

This cultivar is available for non-exclusive licensing.


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