Dwarf Alberta Spruce

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Scientific NamePicea glauca 'Conica'
ExposurePartial to full sun
Bloom/FeatureSoft Evergreen Foliage
Avg. Dimensions6-8 ft H x 3-5 ft W
USDA Zones3-8
SoilWell Drained
Water2-3 times per week until established, then in times of drought
UsesSpecimen, Accent, Small Christmas Tree, Topiary

Description

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.

Here’s some additional info on growing this plant in a container from SF Gate.

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.

 

Check out two other cold-hardy varieties, the Baby Blue Colorado Spruce and the Dwarf Mugo Pine ‘Pumilio’

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Scientific NamePicea glauca 'Conica'
ExposurePartial to full sun
Bloom/FeatureSoft Evergreen Foliage
Avg. Dimensions6-8 ft H x 3-5 ft W
USDA Zones3-8
SoilWell Drained
Water2-3 times per week until established, then in times of drought
UsesSpecimen, Accent, Small Christmas Tree, Topiary

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