This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mr. Samuel Parsons says - and we quite agree with him, only more in its favor - that it is unlike the Norway, even when young, in its silvery bark and dark black green foliage. It is unique among evergreens in this peculiar dark shade :
" The Oriental spruce is the very best of all spruces, if people did but know it. Unfortunately, while young it resembles the Norway, lacking somewhat of that spruce's early vigor. As age increases it develops more rapidly, and Anally, in no great time, towers into a solid mass of dark, lustrous foliage, possessing a very peculiar beauty and marked character on the lawn. It is, moreover, extremely enduring and hardy".