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Black Hills Spruce vs Silver Leaf Willow

Picea glauca var. densata

Salix alba sericea

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(new stock expected: fall of 2022)

Black Hills Spruce
Silver Leaf Willow

Black Hills Spruce is a subspecies of White Spruce native to the Black Hills of South Dakota. It has a strongly conical form, slower growth rate and denser foliage than typical white spruce, making it preferable as a specimen tree for smaller suburban lawns. It also responds well to pruning, and can be used as a hedge or even bonsai.

The Black Hills Spruce is a long time favourite of our Seed Plant Manager. She sees hundreds of varieties of different trees, but this one is her favourite.

Native to North America, Silver Leaf Willow has orangish bark and long, silvery grey leaves. Bees and other insects are attracted to its flowers.

Popular as an ornamental tree for parks, it is also used as a shelterbelt species. It may not be as cold hardy as some of the other willow varieties, however.

BLACK HILLS SPRUCE QUICK FACTS

SILVER LEAF WILLOW QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2b
Zone: 2a
Height: 25 m (82 ft)
Height: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 15 m (50 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Bark: yellow-brown
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: fast
Life span: long
Life span: long
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: high
Suckering: none
Suckering: high
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: high

In row spacing: 3 - 4 m (10 - 12 ft)

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)



Other Names: white willow


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes