Black Hills Spruce Tree

Growth Facts

Black Hills Spruce

Picea glauca 'Densata'

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This versatile evergreen can provide privacy or be a sturdy windbreaker, but it will cultivate something so much more for future generations. The Black Hill Spruce Tree can live up to 250-300 years, and is considered one of the best white spruce trees you can grow! That can be many Christmas's to come, enjoying a family tradition of lighting up your garden! Highly desirable due to its naturally symmetrical cone-shape, low maintenance appeal, and rich evergreen foliage showcasing in your landscape all year round!

Growth Facts

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The Story

Getting their name from a small mountain region in South Dakota called The Black Hills, where many of these spruce trees were found growing wild. Native Americans in that region used the inner bark and shoots for food, and the trunk for tipi poles. Of course, the long-living Black Hills Spruce would be rich in history!

The Details

Fun Facts: They are the Nebraskan farmers bodyguard, planting Black Hill Spruce Trees as a windbreaker for their crops. The gentle giant of trees, with a big heart! These trees are animal lovers as well; providing warm homes for nesting birds, the seeds feed songbirds, and other small mammals, and porcupines enjoy the bark.

How to Grow

A low maintenance tree, enjoying full sun to partial shade, and isn’t picky about its soil preference.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 3
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 6
Avg Mature Height 30-60 ft
Avg Mature Width 15-25 ft
Spacing 16 ft
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers No
Specimen No
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale


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Size A Trees:

Grows to a height of 30–60' and a spread of 15–25' at maturity.

Size A Trees:

Grows to a height of 30–60' and a spread of 15–25' at maturity.

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Black Hills Spruce Tree