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Black Hills Spruce vs Freedom Japanese Elm

Picea glauca var. densata

Ulmus davidiana var. japonica Freedom

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Black Hills Spruce
Freedom Japanese Elm

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.

Freedom Japanese Elm is great for anyone who doesn't have a lot of time to maintain their trees as it doesn't drop many seeds. It has beautiful dark green foliage and is resistant to Dutch Elm Disease. Instead of having an irregular and broad-shaped crown as other Japanese Elms do, the Freedom Japenses Elm has an open crown.

BLACK HILLS SPRUCE QUICK FACTS

FREEDOM JAPANESE ELM QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2b
Zone: 2a
Height: 25 m (82 ft)
Height: 12 m (40 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: medium
Life span: long
Life span: long
Suckering: none
Suckering: none

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

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)