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Spruce - Black Hills / Size 1
Black Hills Spruce

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*Availability Status: Currently sold out - Available at a later date
*Average Plant Shipping Size: 12" - 18" tall / Quart size rootball

*No Shipments to California, Alaska, or Hawaii

Our Price: $6.25

Product Code: SPRBLK1

Picea glauca densata

Overall Description

One of the most tolerant of all the spruces - Can withstand wind, cold, drought, and crowding. Short, stiff, dark bluish/green needles. One of the best of all evergreens for growing in a container year round, even in the north. Uses include as a living, decorated Christmas tree, dense evergreen screen that will not get out of control, and also makes a great bonsai project. Takes ordinary soil, and loves full sun.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 40 ft

--Mature Width : 10 - 12ft

--Growth Rate :
Slow to moderate ( 3" - 6" avg per year )

--Hardiness Zones :
3 - 8

--Sun Exposure :
Full sun preferred, to partial shade

--Soil Preference :
Average, slightly acidic - well drained. Mulching recommended

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen - Bluish green needle like foliage holds consistent color year round

--Flower, Cone, or Berry Facts :
Cones - begin forming in late spring / early summer. Starting out as a light green color, and ripening to a coppery brown in fall.

--Diseases / Pests :
Seldom has any problems at all - but encounters with the following have been reported: trunk and root rot, spruce bagworm, European sawfly and red spiders.

--Recommended Spacing :
Space approx 6 - 8 feet apart for most typical screen or windbreak uses.

--Deer Resistance :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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