White Spruce Tree

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A Spruce by many names, the White Spruce tree (Picea glauca) is a resilient native evergreen that has many common names! Including the Western White Spruce, Canadian Spruce, Alberta Spruce, Alberta White Spruce, Black Hills Spruce, Skunk Spruce, Cat Spruce, and Porsild Spruce!

With so many names, you'd think this tree would have an identity crisis, but this conifer is a very hardy, well-known US native and a beautiful Christmas tree! The wood is often used for pulpwood, lumber, furniture, and boxes and crates. White Spruce tree is an important source of food for wildlife, such as grouse and seed-eating birds.

White Spruce trees have a cone-shaped crown, and when grown in an open space, they develop a conical crown with maturity with branches that extend nearly to the ground. The conical crown and spreading branches have a fantastic landscape presence. Thriving in the cooler, moist climates of USDA planting zones 2 to 6, these conifers can grow 50 feet tall and 30 feet wide at their base.

Planting and Application:

The soft green to blue-green needles with white lines on all sides make these evergreens stand out from the other darker varieties! The classic Christmas tree for your front lawn, ready to be decorated for the holidays and happily growing with a dusting of snow. The strong limbs resist wind and heavy snow loads, so Spruce is perfect as steady windbreaks and block drifting snow.

These are fantastic wildlife and songbird sanctuaries, providing year-round nesting and cover among their dense branches. Mix and match White Spruce in your shelterbelts with other faster-growing evergreen varieties to create a patchwork of greenery along your property line.

When the needle-shaped leaves are crushed, the needles have a disagreeable odor, thus, the common name of Skunk Spruce or Cat Spruce! But you won't mind because of the lasting, commanding presence and privacy these trees lend the landscape!

  • Soft Green to Blue-Green Spikey Short Needles
  • Needles From Around Entire Stem
  • Hardy Native Evergreen Tree
  • Important Wildlife & Songbird Value
  • Landscape Specimens, Windebreaks, Snowdrift Barriers & Shelterbelts

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Spruce trees handle a wider variety of sun, not minding a touch of shade when young, knowing they will outlive many other trees and have their time to shine in full sun when they are taller. Very adaptable to many soil types as long as they are well-drained, Spruces need regular moisture while they are getting established, but then become vigorous growing low-moisture needs trees! All plants appreciate 3-4 inches of arborist mulch over their roots.

Avoid pruning except in early spring to remove dead, damaged, or very wayward branches. All Spruce have buds along the last year's growth so simply shortening up the outside growth back to another bud or branch will grow from that pruning spot. You should never remove branches from the bottom of the plants as they will not regrow new branches along the trunk.

  • Full Sun & Some Part Shade
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs
  • Any Well-Drained Soil Location
  • Avoid Pruning - Only Prune Dead/Broken Branches
  • Incredibly Cold-Hardy & Drought-Tolerant

Add this hardy and iconic evergreen to your landscape for a lifetime of rugged low-maintenance native beauty! Order White Spruce Trees today from NatureHills.com!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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White Spruce Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 2-6
Growing Zones 2-6
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Picea glauca
Type Evergreen
Mature Height 40 - 50 feet
Mature Spread 20 - 30 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Light Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring