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Conifer Tree, Black Hills Spruce

The Conifer, Black Hills Spruce derives its name from its native region, the Black Hills mountain range that rises out of the Great Plains of South Dakota and extends into portions of Wyoming. The tree is beautiful to look at and does double duty as a windbreak. While this variety of the spruce is well suited to life in its native northern regions, it suffers in hotter climates. This spruce loves cool summers and cold winters, full sun and moist, well-draining soil. Dense bright-green needles mature to an interesting blue-green. Great landscape accent, useful as windbreak or screen.

The Black Hills Spruce does more than just make your yard look great and provide some shelter against the wind. It provides a natural habitat for birds and small mammals. Red squirrels and song-birds are attracted to the seeds in Black Hills Spruce cones. A Black Hills Spruce makes a lovely stand-alone ornamental tree for the middle of your yard, or you can plant a row of these trees to form a privacy hedge or windbreak. Black Hills Spruce trees can live for more than 150 years, and will eventually spread up to 15-25 feet wide and can grow to 60 feet tall.

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Plant Details +

Size 12-18"
Height Maximum of 40-60'
Spacing 15-25'
Hardiness Zones 2-6
Exposure Sun
Vigor Slow to Moderate

General Information +

Botanical: Picea glauca var. densata

Common: Conifer, Black Hills Spruce

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: Needs a well drained soil to do well. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Add generous amounts of peat but no fertilizer when planting. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.