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Black spruce is a very adaptable tree. It can tolerate acid bogs and dry rocky ridges. In bogs it can remain small and stunted for decades. On better sites it can grow up to 70 feet tall, but is still slow growing.
Black spruce is planted for timber, wildlife habitat, and Christmas trees. Spruce tips are harvested for decoration. Upland stands are important habitat for spruce grouse. Black spruce is a good seed producer and many birds and small mammals eat them. Spruce also provides important winter shelter for wildlife.
Transplants are grown from seed in nursery beds, and then moved to larger growing spaces before being sold. They tend to have thicker roots and stems, and are hardier than seedling trees.
- Size: 8"-16"
- # per Bundle: 25
- Soil Type: Adaptable - sandy to clay
- Sun: Full sun - Shade
- Moisture: Wet to Moderate
- Height: 30-60
- Growth Rate: Moderate - Slow