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Dwarf Alberta Spruce
The Dwarf Alberta is a truly miniature slow-growing Spruce tree. It is prized for its compact pyramidal growth habit and small stature; slowly reaching 6 to 8 feet high by 3 feet or so wide at maturity, adding maybe 2 to 4 inches to its height per year. Its dense, pyramidal form adds year round structure to any landscape or container garden whether formal or informal. Get all the details below

Dwarf Alberta Spruce

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Dwarf Alberta Spruce
Picea glauca 'Conica'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3a-8a  Find Your Zone



Special Attributes

The Dwarf Alberta is a truly miniature slow-growing Spruce tree. It is prized for it's compact pyramidal growth habit and small stature; slowly reaching 6 to 8 feet high by 3 feet or so wide at maturity, adding maybe 2 to 4 inches to its height per year. It's dense, pyramidal form adds year round structure to any landscape or container garden whether formal or informal. 




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing very slowly in a pyramidal form to 6 to 8 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide, the Dwarf Alberta Spruce is ideal for use as a vertical accent, in groupings or in rows in landscape borders. A fine accent in home foundation plantings where it can be useful to frame an entryway, soften corners, or fill space between windows. It's smaller size and slow rate of growth lends well to smaller garden spaces and container gardens, where it also serves nicely as a small, outdoor Christmas tree. A fine addition to conifer gardens and the Xeriscape (low water needs).

Suggested Spacing:  3' apart for hedges, 6' apart for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Dwarf Alberta Spruce is easy to grow in a damp to moist but well-drained soil of average fertility. As with so many other conifers, constantly soggy or wet soils can be problematic; leading to root rot or other harmful plant diseases. So make sure to plant this one in well-drained soil, whether in the ground or in pots. It grows best in full sun however in Zones 7b and 8a in the south it will prefer some shade or filtered sun during the middle of the afternoon. Once established water needs are quite low when growing in the ground. In pots, soil moisture will need to be monitored more closely, especially during summer. When the top two inches of soil is dry, provide water.

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3a-8a  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Coniferous Evergreen Tree
Height at Maturity:  6-8'
Width at Maturity:  2-3'
Spacing:  3' apart for hedges, 6' apart for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Pyramidal, Upright
Growth Rate:  Slow
Foliage Color:  Blue-Green
Fragrant Foliage:  Yes
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Afternnon Shade or Filtered Sun in the South
Water Needs:  Average, low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Drainage:  Well Drained
Soil pH:  6.0 - 7.5
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Severe Cold, Deer, Disease, Drought, Insect




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