A true landscaping treasure, the Dwarf Alberta Spruce is a reliable evergreen landscape fixture that never fails to provide a classic touch all year long. Dense needle foliage is soft to the touch with an eye-catching blueish green tint. Additionally, this conifer features a naturally pyramidal growth habit, with only slight pruning needed to maintain its form.
A slow-growing nature makes trimming infrequent, and means that this plant is ideal for topiaries and container garden specimens.
The Dwarf Alberta Spruce functions quite well as a screen. Once it reaches an appropriate height, its foliage proves largely impenetrable to the eye. Likewise, the wind will find it difficult to make it through a mature Dwarf Alberta Spruce.
Expect birds to find shelter and places to raise their young in these beauties.
Fans of the holidays will be absolutely thrilled to have a Dwarf Alberta when Christmas season rolls around. There’s nothing quite like a Dwarf Alberta Spruce ornately decorated as an outdoor Christmas tree. Try planting a small cluster of them and wrapping them with strands of lights. Throw a few wrapped-present decorations under the tree and you’ve got a phenomenal display ready to go.
While your Spruce is still young, you may try planting it in a container. The added lift will give it more of a presence, and it can serve as a small Christmas tree next to a walkway or patio.
Dwarf Alberta Spruce Care
This Spruce is primarily suited for colder climates, namely USDA Zones 3-8.
Plant this spruce tree in Partial to Full Sun for best results.
Water frequently during the first year after planting in order to establish a healthy root system, 2-3 times per week. This will help to ensure its success in years to come.
The Dwarf Alberta Spruce grows best in rich soil with good drainage.
Fertilize with a high-nitrogen acidic fertilizer in early spring, preferably before it has started to flush out with new growth. Furthermore, reapply fertilizer again at the beginning of summer to encourage faster growth.