This study reports on the electrodeposition of PbTe from nitric acid electrolytes and reveals the effects of electrochemical conditions (i.e. precursor concentration, overpotential, convection) on the composition and morphology of deposited films. In the absence of convection, near stoichiometric deposits tend to develop dendritic morphologies. Experimental results show that Pb2+ activity and applied overpotential strongly impact the characteristic dimensions of dendrites. Microstructural analyses highlight highly textured structures in which the stem and branches present the same crystal orientation. The constant angle observed between the different generations of branches is explained by the preferential growth along the  direction, i.e. perpendicular to the high surface energy planes. Finally, the nucleation and growth mechanisms of the different types of structures are described on the basis of crystal properties, diffusion conditions, and nucleation rate.