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Black Hills Spruce vs Oriental Spruce

Picea glauca var. densata

Picea orientalis

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Black Hills Spruce
Oriental Spruce

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.

Oriental Spruce is a dense, narrow, pyramidal evergreen making it well suited as a landscape tree. Their needles are smaller than other spruce varieties, giving it a distinct appearance. Cones start out purple and then mature into a coppery brown colour. When mature, the branches tend to curve upward, giving it an elegant appearance. Because of its general shape and colour it makes a unique choice for a Christmas tree.

Oriental Spruce does not do well in windy conditions, especially cold, harsh winter winds. For best results, plant in a protected area.

BLACK HILLS SPRUCE QUICK FACTS

ORIENTAL SPRUCE QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2b
Zone: 4a
Height: 25 m (82 ft)
Height: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 5 m (15 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: slow
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)



Other Names: caucasian spruce