Overview:Categories: Evergreen, Wildlife Value, Windbreak
While not native to our area, the Black Hills Spruce is a native of our South Dakota/Wyoming neighbors and has adapted well to our locale. While not as popular or well-known as other varieties of spruces – the Black Hills Spruce has demonstrated its’ worth here.
With a mature height reaching up to 60 ft, a slow growth rate and very long life span, Black Hills Spruce is an excellent addition to windbreak plans. The beautiful green/bluish needles coupled with its’ natural growth form can’t fail to please the eye, all while providing nesting/cover for many birds & small animals, as well as wildlife food value in the form of seeds and browse needs.
With it’s natural love of moist, gravelly or sandy loam and fine clay soils, coupled with its’ tolerance to drought once established – it’s no wonder this ‘neighbor’ has thrived so well here in the Eastern Plains of Colorado.
Dense in growth, the Black Hills Spruce provides protection from the wind and blowing snow to those structures and living things who seek shelter within its’ hardy line of defense.
Features:Scientfic Name: Picea glauca var. densata
Growth Habit: Dense
Growth Rate: Slow
Max. Height (ft): 60
Max Width/Spread (ft): 25
Life Span: Very Long
Cold Hardiness: Excellent
Drought Resistance: Good
Elevation Range: 11000
Soil Conditions: moist, gravely, sandy loam or fine clay
Wildlife Value: High
Wildlife Notes: Nesting and cover for birds, seeds provide food for songbirds, upland ground birds and small mammals, browsing for deer
Seasonal Color: evergreen
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