Black Spruce is a small, slender conifer with short, horizontal, drooping branches. It can be identified by short, stout hairs on the twigs. Although Black Spruce typically grow in wetlands and is long lived but small in poor, bog soils, it will also grow well on upland soils and dry, course soils. It is native to North Eastern Minnesota but is widely planted throughout the state. It is shade tolerant and a good wildlife tree, providing nesting, cover, larval food, and browse.