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Picea glauca

Spruce - Black Hills


The Black Hills Spruce is a very tough tree which is drought tolerant and disease resistant. This conifer is shaped like a church steeple and has beautiful, short, blue-green needles. Slightly more naturally bushy than some spruces, this evergreen shears very well and makes a fine Christmas tree or ornamental specimen. The Black Hills Spruce grows in a wide variety of soil types and growing conditions. Its prickly, aromatic foliage contribute greatly to its natural deer resistance.

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Key Plant Details


Planting Zones:

2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Soil Type:

Clay, Sandy, Loamy


Light Requirement:

Part Shade, Part Sun, Sun



Average, Dry

Plant Characteristics


Mature Size:

20-30 foot spread, 50-60 feet in height


Annual Growth Rate:

Slow, Moderate


Shop By Use:

Christmas Tree, Deer Resistant, Privacy Screen, Windbreak Selection, Winter Interest

Care Tips

Care Tips - Growing:

Avoid applying fertilizer in fall as this may cause a new flush of growth that will not harden off for winter. A maintained mulch ring will slowly add nutrients to the soil, avoiding the need for fertilizer application. White Spruce can tolerate some shade, but this significantly reduces growth and density. For best results in a landscape setting, site this evergreen where it will receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. White Spruce struggles in areas of excessively high pollution or salt spray and should not be sited along busy streets.

Care Tips - Pruning:

Shearing is not necessary when the tree is healthy and properly watered.

Care Tips - Soil:

Tolerant of many soils except constantly wet. More tolerant of poorly drained and nutrient-deficient sites

Care Tips - Uses:

Windbreak or screen and works well where soil stabilization is needed. Specimen plant.

Zone Map

This plant will grow in these zones