Black Hills Spruce

Black Hills Spruce is a pyramidal growing conifer evergreen tree.  This dense evergreen is covered with short stiff needles.  The needles are green to blue-green and about an inch long.  This evergreen is a great tree to install as a windbreak or screen.  You may notice the tree attracting birds and other animals because of its year-round foliage and density.

Black Hills Spruce produces pinecones. These pinecones are used for the reproduction of the tree. The pinecones are small and about the size of a human thumb. This evergreen is deer resistant which makes it an excellent fit for wooded areas.  Black Hills Spruce is a native North American tree that is commonly found in quite a few States.  This evergreen is slower growing than other evergreen varieties. A couple of evergreens that are similar in appearance to the Black Hills are Colorado Blue and Norway. In their infant stage, these three trees look quite similar.

Black Hills Spruce

Black Hills Spruce Needles

Black Hills Spruce

Picea Glauca ‘Densata’

Plant Details

Flower Color- No flowers

Foliage Color- Green to blue-green

Zone- 2-8

Height- 20 feet to 25 feet tall

Spread- 10 feet to 12 feet wide

Light- Part shade to full sun

Details- This evergreen is slow-growing and requires minimal maintenance once established.  Since this tree does not grow as tall as other evergreen trees, it is better suited for residential installation.  Regular watering is needed during periods of extreme heat and drought.    This evergreen is native to North American and can be found in many States.  Spring is the best time to prune this evergreen if necessary. Pruning should be limited to removing dead or damaged sections. Selective pruning can be used to trim straggler branches. Targeted pruning will help the spruce maintain its pyramidal shape.

Other evergreen tree options.

  • Austrian Pine
  • Blue Form Eastern White Pine
  • Colorado Spruce
  • Eastern White Pine
  • Norway Spruce
  • Serbian Spruce