Exploring The Black Hills Spruce

Black Hills Spruce Approximately 15 Years Old
Black Hills Spruce Approximately 15 Years Old

Black Hills Spruce
Picea glauca var. densata

If you're looking for a beautiful and hardy tree to add to your landscape, the Black Hills Spruce is an excellent choice.

Top Five Reasons You’ll Love The Black Hills Spruce

Cold hardiness: The Black Hills Spruce is known for its ability to withstand harsh winter conditions. It can survive in temperatures as low as -50°F (Zone 2) making it an ideal choice for those living in colder climates.

Low maintenance: These trees require very little maintenance once established. They are drought-tolerant and disease-resistant, so you won't have to worry about spending much time and money on upkeep.

Beautiful appearance: The Black Hills Spruce has a conical shape and bluish-green needles, making it a striking addition to any landscape. It also produces attractive cones that can add to its visual appeal.

Fast growth: While it may take some time for the Black Hills Spruce to reach its full height of 40-60 feet high and 15-20 feet wide, it is a relatively fast-growing tree. You can expect to see noticeable growth each year.

Versatility: Whether you're looking to plant a single tree or create a windbreak or privacy screen, the Black Hills Spruce is versatile. It can thrive in various soil types and light conditions and adapt to urban environments.

A diamond in the rough! I purchased the tree you see here from a former employer who was liquidating literally over 50,000 similar trees from a nursery they had recently purchased. A plant like this is considered "B" grade or Park Grade in the nursery trade. Meaning it'll live, but it may take some time before it looks good.

But look at it now. It is beautiful and one of my favorite trees in our landscape.

For a closer "live" look, check out the video below, where we'll also explore a comparison of the cones to two other favorite and common conifers grown in our area; Colorado and Norway Spruce.

Enjoy the video for some live footage!

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