(Picea glauca ‘Densata’)
Perfect for privacy screens and windbreaks, Black Hills Spruce is a slow-growing, compact tree, but that slow growth results in very dense growth. 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 [pre-order now for Spring 2019]
--- Black Hills Spruce transplants [pre-order now for Spring 2019]
--- 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
PRE-ORDER NOW FOR SPRING 2019!
These specific bare root evergreen trees are available for pre-order now and start shipping March 25, 2019. If you’d like to delay shipment to April or May of 2019, please specify that date in a follow up email after placing your order. If you need evergreen trees shipped before or after these dates, please look at our various sizes and species of plug seedlings and plug transplants, which can be shipped at nearly any time of year.