Black Spruce

  • Zone: 2
  • Size: 30'-50' High, 20'-30' Wide
  • Foliage: Blue-Green

PICEA MARIANA Black spruce is a slender evergreen with descending, drooping branches, dark, bluish-green needles, and upturned ends. Lower limbs will sweep the ground. It is an excellent choice for cold northern climates, being found mostly in northern Wisconsin. Tolerant of wet soils but prefers acidic, moist, well-drained soil and full sun. That said, it is very common near bogs and marshes. Spruce need very little if any pruning. Purplish cones turn brown when mature and can stay in the tops of the trees for 15 years! It is said that the Black Spruce is one of 7 native spruce in North America. It is attractive to birds & butterflies and makes a great shade tree.