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Black Hills Spruce vs Wild Privet

Picea glauca var. densata

Ligustrum vulgare

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Black Hills Spruce
Wild Privet

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.

Wild Privet is a fast growing ornamental shrub that is well suited for forming hedges and privacy screens. It will retain its leaves in warmer climates but drops them in colder areas. They have small white flowers, though the smell is often considered unpleasant. While the berries are inedible, they are a good food source for many bird species.

It is recommended to prune Wild Privet immediately after flowering, as it can readily self seed. It is deer and rabbit tolerant. It can grow in dry areas, on slopes, and withstand the wind making it well suited for many growing conditions.

BLACK HILLS SPRUCE QUICK FACTS

WILD PRIVET QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2b
Zone: 5a
Height: 25 m (82 ft)
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Berries: black
Flowers: white
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: fast
Life span: long
Life span: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium

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

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)


Toxicity: If ingested, all parts of this plant will cause severe discomfort. Toxic to dogs, cats, and horses

Other Names: common privet, european privet