This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V29", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Rural New Yorker has a number of correspondents discussing whether it is worth while to plant the Norway Spruce as an ornamental tree. In this part of the world, the vicinity of Philadelphia, it usually retains great beauty till about twenty or twenty-five years old. As soon as it commences to bear cones freely it often loses a portion of its beauty. But then the whole of the United States is much larger than the vicinity of Philadelphia, and there must be many places where the tree does not do so well.
Very few coniferous trees retain their early beauty after getting of full seed-bearing age. When it gets into a soil that suits it, and a situation it loves, the Norway Spruce will retain its pristine beauty longer than most coniferous trees. We often see poor and miserable specimens in comparatively young trees - so we do with all conifers.