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Cultural Details for Picea glauca var. densata

Common Name:
Black Hills White Spruce

Growth Rate:
Medium,1-2 ft per year

Average Mature Height:
40-60'

Average Mature Width:
10-20'

Flower Details:
Monoecious; staminate, pale red becoming yellow; pistillate purple

Fruit Details:
Pendulous cylindrical cones, 1-1 ½" long, ½ - ¾" wide light brown at maturity.

Fall Color:
Evergreen

Bark Details:
Thin, flaky or scaly, ashy brown; freshly exposed layer silvery

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Susceptible to trunk and root rot, bagworm, European sawfly, and red spider mite.

Native Habitat:
Labrador to Alaska, south to Montana, Wyoming, Arkansas, Minnesota, and New York.

Other Features:
Specimen tree, en mass, hedge, and windbreak. Tolerant to air borne salt water spray. This variety is denser and slower growing than the species.

Culture and Care:
Readily transplants, best growth on well drained moist loam or alluvial soils

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
5560, 5580, 5590

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets. www.ces.ncsu.edu
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database. www.hort.uconn.edu