Black Hills Spruce
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A large evergreen tree with dense, ascending, lateral branches from the ground up that form a broad pyramidal to conical crown. It varies from the typical white spruce in its denser, more compact habit and slower growth rate. It has a shallow, fiberous, wide spreading root system. The thin bark is ashy gray / brown.
Brown cylindrical cones appear in late July and may persist on the tree into January. It is better adapted than the white spruce.
Grows best in acidic, moist loams with full sun, but adapts to a variety of conditions including shade, drought, hot and cold. It is flood intolerant and sensitive to soil compaction.
This tree has a slow growth rate at less than 12" per year.
Full sun - Part sun
hardy, drought-tolerant, deer resistant.