Black Hills Spruce
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Black Hills Spruce Picea glauca var. dens

  • Black Hills Spruce - Picea glauca var. densata
  • Black Hills Spruce - Picea glauca var. densata
  • Black Hills Spruce Picea glauca var. densata

Average Shipping Height: 6" - 1'
Item #3433
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    6" - 1'
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The Black Hills Spruce grows in zones 2-6.
The Black Hills spruce is a variety of the more widespread white spruce found naturally only in southwest South Dakota and a small portion of northeast Wyoming. While not as widely known as other spruces, this ornamental spruce can be planted just about anywhere that the more common Colorado spruce will grow.

  • Features bright green needles
  • Works well as an ornamental or in windbreaks and screens
  • Offers a denser, more compact habit than the white spruce
  • Is adapted to cold and is very resistant to winter injury
  • Requires little pruning
  • Will be delivered at a height of 6"–1'


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Sun Preference

Full Sun, Partial Shade,

Soil Preference

Acidic, Clay, Drought-tolerant, Loamy, Moist, Sandy,

Wildlife Value

The Black Hills spruce provides nesting sites for birds and makes a good winter cover. The seeds provide food for songbirds, upland ground birds and small mammals. The bark serves as food for porcupines, and the foliage is lightly browsed by deer.


Plains Indians used the inner bark and shoots for food and the hardened sap for gum. They collected the spruce wood for tipi poles.

Planting Instructions


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