Norway spruce is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 to 7 where it prefers a cool environment, full sun and thrives in almost any type of soil that drains well and is not consistently saturated. Iy can grow to 100' tall and 40' wide over its lifespan. Unlike other spruces, it tolerates heat and humidity. While it commonly grows in mixed wood forests, the Norway spruce is also popular as an ornamental tree in urban areas. Because of its resistance to wind, it is also grown in rows as a windbreak.