Inventory as of Feb 2, 2017: 5000 Seeds
Seed Specifications: Purity - 100%; Projected Germination Rate - 88%; Where Harvested (location) - South Dakota
The Black Hills Spruce is a large evergreen tree with a central trunk and dense, ascending, lateral branches from the ground up that form a broad pyramidal to conical crown. It varies from the typical white spruce in its denser, more compact habit and slower growth rate. It has a shallow, fiberous, wide spreading root system. The thin bark is ashy gray or brown, shallowly fissured and separated into thin flaky scales. The needles are individually attached, and foliage color varies from deep green to blue green. The brown cylindrical cones appear in late July and may persist on the tree into January. It is better adapted than the white spruce. It grows best in acidic, moist loams with full sun, but adapts to a variety of conditions including shade, drought, hot and cold. It is flood intolerant and sensitive to soil compaction. The Black Hills Spruce can reach heights of 30 to 60 feet and widths of 15 to 25 feet. The Black Hills Spruce is cold hardy in zones 2-6.
Recommended Planting Instructions:
Scarification: Soak in water for 48 hours, change water each day. Stratification: None Required. Germination: Sow seed 1/8" deep, tamp soil, and mulch seed bed.