(a.k.a. Blackhills Spruce, Black Hills White Spruce)
(Picea glauca ‘Densata’)
Black Hills Spruce is a slow-growing, compact tree, but that slow growth results in very dense growth. Therefore this species is perfect for privacy screens and windbreaks. Unlike many of the faster growing evergreen species, you cannot see through the Black Hills Spruce as the tree matures. It’s short bright bluish green needles and a dense, conical shape makes this evergreen species a landscaper’s friend.
Black Hills Spruce is virtually immune to the most common spruce pests and is very tolerant of drying winter winds. These characteristics make it ideal as an ornamental, privacy screen or windbreak if you have some patience with it’s slower growth. Black Hills Spruce can reach heights of about 50 feet over a life span of up to 300 years.
Black Hills Spruce, Picea glauca ‘Densata’, is actually a subspecies of White Spruce, Picea glauca, and therefore share nearly all of the same characteristics. However, Black Hills Spruce do not exhibit the “interesting” [read: slightly stinky] aroma of the White Spruce.
Although named after the South Dakota region in which it is naturally found, Black Hills Spruce actually thrive in a much wider range of cooler, moist regions, including states as far south as Georgia if planted at a higher elevation. This species makes for a very useful ornamental spruce indeed.
Black Hills Spruce seedlings: characteristics and info• prefers hardiness zones 3-6
• prefers full sun, does ok in partial shade
• mature height and spread: 35-50ft high, 15-20ft spread
• prefers lighter, richer soils; loamy soils; sandy soils
• Missouri Botanical Gardens info on Picea glauca ‘Densata’
• Black Hills Spruce Sizes and Availability:
--- Black Hills Spruce seedlings [now shipping]
--- Black Hills Spruce transplants [now shipping]
--- Black Hills Spruce plug seedlings [pre-order now for Spring 2019]
--- Black Hills Spruce plug transplants [sold out till Fall 2019]
--- Black Hills Spruce conservation grade plug transplants [sold out till Fall 2019]
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• Comparable alternative species: Black Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce, Meyers Spruce, Norway Spruce, Serbian Spruce and White Spruce. Confused about species? Check out our Evergreen Tree Buyers Guide
SHIPPING NOW TILL END OF MAY OR TILL SOLD OUT:
These specific bare root evergreen trees are available and shipping now thru end of May 2019. If you’d like to delay shipment, please specify that date in a follow up email after placing your order. If you need evergreen trees shipped in June, please look at our various sizes and species of evergreen plug seedlings and evergreen plug transplants, which can be shipped at nearly any time of year.