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Typical Pine

The edge were tree meets field creates a haven for all sorts of critters.

Black Hills Spruce

Picea glauca var densata

Black Hills spruce is a variety of white spruce native to the Black Hills of south dakota. It's much bushier than White spruce, somewhat more drought tolerant.

If you have the patience, this is a good windbreak tree for restricted spaces.

Used in combination with Colorado spruce if you want a row that alternates blue-white/dark green. Alternate with White spruce if you want alternation of tall/short.

Like all spruce little grows underneath. In a yard it looks tidier to trim the dead branches from under the tree. You can get a neater appearance by taking off just enough of the lower branches so that you can run the lawn mower under the edge.

Light: Full sun to light shade.

Soil: Most soils. Doesn't do well on sandy very quick draining soils. Doesn't do well on soil that is saturated for more than a few weeks in spring. Tolerates alkaline soil.

Recommended: Shelterbelts, boulevards, specimen


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