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Sunburst™ Black Hills Spruce

Picea glauca var. densata 'MonChet' PPAF

SKU
06844
The dense, compact habit and beautiful symmetry of the naturally cone-shaped Black Hills Spruce with an added burst of color from bright yellow new growth that accents the blue-green mature foliage. A dramatic evergreen for groupings, windbreaks, or screening. Very resistant to winter injury. Provides winter cover and nesting sites for wildlife.
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Botanical PronunciationPY-see-uh GLAW-kuh den-SAY-tuh
LorePlains 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 MaturityReaches 30 ft. tall, 15 ft. wide; 50 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide in ideal conditions.
Bloom TimeConifer; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasThis is a useful mid-sized spruce that works perfectly in the suburban landscape. The attractive yellow tips will add color and interest. 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorBlue-green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Privacy Screen, Windbreak
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fast Growing, Compact Form, Benefits Birds
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Companion PlantsFountain Grass (Pennisetum); Smoke Tree (Cotinus); Potentilla (Potentilla); Dwarf Ninebark (Physocarpus); Salvia (Salvia)

Grows easily in loose, sandy or gravelly loam to fine clay soils with slightly acidic pH and even moisture. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild drought. Apply fertilizer in early spring. Slow growing; needs no pruning.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 2-8

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