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The black spruce is typically a scrawny looking tree, sometimes with a pom-pom top. Black spruce may appear unhealthy, but in actuality they are fairly durable trees and very well adapted to the cold environment in which they live.
It is frequently found in cold, poorly drained areas, such as swamps and lowland tundra. Black spruce needles are dark green, and unlike the white spruce, the twigs appear hairy. The seed cones are small and purplish. The old cones hang on the tree for several years.
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