Black Hills Spruce
Picea glauca 'Densata'
Full sun, Partial sun
Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
THIS PLANT MAY BE AVAILABLE IN THESE STORES:
Due to the seasonal nature of plants, availability at your local garden center is not guaranteed. Give them a call before visiting.
- 101 Market
8980 Quantrelle Ave. N.e. Otsego MN 55330
- 14th Street Garden Center
793 Jersey Ave. Jersey City NJ 07303
- 3rd Avenue Floral & Greenhouse
1110 3rd Ave. West Dickinson ND 58601
- 4 Ever Green Ldsp. & Dgn
21457 214th Circle Ave Milford IA 51351
|Botanical Pronunciation||PY-see-uh GLAW-kuh den-SAY-tuh|
|Lore||Plains Indians used the inner bark and shoots of the Black Hills Spruce for food and the hardened sap for gum. The trunks were used for tipi poles. The small tan cones that arrive in summer and persist into early winter produce seed that is a valuable food source for songbirds and small mammals, while the bark is palatable to porcupines and the foliage is occasionally browsed on by deer.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Grows 25 ft. tall, 15 ft. wide; 50 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide in ideal conditions.|
|Bloom Time||Conifer; prized for foliage.|
|Design Ideas||This is a useful mid-sized blue-colored spruce that works perfectly in the suburban landscape. Use as background foliage for colorful seasonal plantings. A great candidate for naturalistic woodlands needing a reliable conifer that won't spread out too much. Consider it as a single specimen for semi-formal schemes or exploit its columnar form by planting matched pairs in symmetrical landscapes. Dense and rugged enough for small windbreaks at backyard scale or to flesh out larger Midwestern shelterbelts.|
|Garden Style||Asian/Zen, Contemporary, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Privacy Screen, Specimen, Windbreak, Wildlife Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Soil Needs||All-Purpose Plant Food|
|Special Feature||Dense Habit, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly, Compact Form, Tolerates Road Salt|
|Watering Needs||Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.|
|Companion Plants||Fountain Grass (Pennisetum); Smoke Tree (Cotinus); Potentilla (Potentilla); Dwarf Ninebark (Physocarpus); Salvia (Salvia)|
Grows easily in moist, slightly acidic, loose, sandy or gravelly loam to fine clay soils. Thrives in cold winter, cool summer areas. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild drought. Fertilize in early spring. Slow growing; no pruning necessary.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 2-8