How Much Does a Norway Spruce Cost?
The Norway spruce is a well-known species of tree in the United States, particularly at Rockefeller Center in New York City where it is the official Christmas tree. A native of Europe, this evergreen conifer is commonly found as an ornamental tree and a windbreak in many urban areas. Planting a Norway spruce in your yard to act as a windbreak or as a privacy screen is a good investment. But first, you may want to be aware of some important factors pertaining to purchasing this species of tree.
How much does it cost?
- Depending on the size, the cost of a Norway Spruce will be anywhere from as little as $40 to as much as $1,000. As with any tree, the taller it is, the more you are going to pay.
- For instance, a 2-3 feet Spruce could cost $28 – $42. A 5-6 foot tree could retail for $90 to $120. A 10-11 foot tree is between $160 to $275. A 14-16 foot Spruce could retail for $300 – $540. Larger trees that are over 18 feet will start around $950.
- CedarTrees.com, operated by North County Tree Nursery, offers a Norway spruce measuring 5-6 feet at $159 each, while a 10-10 ½ foot-tree costs $375 each. They have a minimum order of 10 trees.
- Shehwaken Tree Farm, another nursery, offers the following Norway spruce sizes and their individual prices: 7-8 feet – $85; 8-10 feet – $120; 10-12 feet – $150; 12-14 feet – $225; and 14-16 feet – $300.
- Norway spruce seedlings are also sold at various ages and sizes. Some farms sell seedlings in bulk with prices ranging from $0.30 – $8 each, depending on age and size.
What is going to be included?
- Unless otherwise stated by the seller, a Norway spruce purchase will typically just include the ordered size and quantity. In some nursery farms, the measurement is taken from the top of the ball to the mid-point of the top leader.
- Depending on the size of the tree and the number of trees you order, the company may include delivery to your home.
What are the extra costs?
- If the company does not provide delivery and you are unable to pick up your order, you will need to pay for delivery charges.
- Having the tree planted by the nursery farm personnel can be arranged. With some farms, the cost for planting is paid directly to the contractor providing the planting services. To find a landscaper in your area and get an exact pricing quote for your job, consider using services such as HomeAdvisor.com.
- Some nurseries charge handling fees as a result of additional plant preparation and shipping fees.
Factors that influence the price:
- Age. Purchasing a Norway spruce as a larger tree can be generally more expensive compared with buying it as a seedling. The most common purchase is of middle sized 5-6 foot tree that is planted as a windbreak or privacy barrier. Those who have time to wait for the seedling to grow opt for the basically inexpensive seedling purchase.
- Pruning. The best quality Norway spruce trees are pruned in the farm or field to create an even conical shape. Trimming them while they are growing improves their shape. Due to the work involved, these varieties tend to cost more.
- Container-grown. Norway spruce trees grown in pots are the most expensive options in some places, but is a good investment if you wish to maintain them in the garden for a couple of years.
- Services rendered. Some farms have their personnel dig the Norway spruce trees ordered and ship them on the same day, resulting in higher costs.
Tips to know:
- Some nursery farms require a deposit to be paid when ordering, with the balance payable upon delivery or pick-up.
- Avoid buying at a grocery garden center. Rather, purchase from a nursery where the people are well-informed about the species and can give useful advice about planting a Norway spruce and how to care for it.
- Ask about the right season to buy and plant a Norway spruce to ensure growing the ideal tree in terms of appearance and health.
- Some farms will install the trees for a certain percentage of the price of the trees.
Questions to ask:
- Are your Norway spruce trees guaranteed?
- If I order online, how long will it take before I receive my order?
- Do you install the trees I purchase from you?
- Do you trim your Norway spruce varieties?
- Do you have a return policy?
- Do you replace trees that fail to thrive and die?
How can I save money?
- Some nursery farms offer significant discounts on a particular number of trees ordered. One farm offers 5% discount to buyers who order 12 trees and more.
- Find nurseries that offer Norway spruce trees at wholesale prices and buy in bulk. Most nurseries provide substantial discounts to bulk buyers.
- Have the trees planted by the same company from which you purchase them. This will save you from paying for the services separately.
- Buying Norway spruce trees as seedlings is the best way to save money. While it may mean a longer waiting period before the trees achieve the preferred growth, the savings involved can be quite substantial.