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Spiral Dwarf Alberta Spruce
Picea glauca 

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

Special Attributes

The Dwarf Alberta Spruce is prized for its compact pyramidal growth habit and small stature. The Spiral Dwarf Alberta Spruce is perhaps the slowest growing, and therefore requires the least maintenance of all live spiral topiary specimens. One good trimming a year should be ample. Its dense, pyramid spiral form adds year round structure to any garden, and just imagine how amazing it will look when you decorate it with lights for the holidays!

Landscape & Garden Uses

The Spiral 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. Its 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:  6' apart for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

The 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. Choose a container with a drainage hole(s) and use a quality potting soil or potting mix, or a 50/50 mix thereof. 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.

Average Trimming Per Year:  One trimming a year after new growth has fully emerged in spring should be ample. 

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3a-8a  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Coniferous Evergreen Tree
Height at Maturity:  4-8' depending on pruning
Width at Maturity:  1-2' depending on pruning
Spacing:  4'
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Pyramidal, Upright - Spiral Form must be maintained
Growth Rate:  Slow
Foliage Color:  Blue-Green
Fragrant Foliage:  Yes
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Afternoon 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    

Tip: Spider mites are known to be a rare, but possible pest of Dwarf Alberta Spruce. The spider mites will crawl on to the plant, begin feeding, and will build visible webs. If small fine textured webs are present, or brown patches of foliage are seen, check for spider mites. Place a white sheet of paper below the effected foliage while tapping the plant with your hand to knock off the spider mites. Don't worry, spider mites won't bite! The orange to red colored spider mites will drop to the white paper and will scurry back and forth on the paper. Spray the entire plant with Neem Oil, Malathion, or another insecticide that is labeled for the eradication of spider mites.  If not eradicated spider mites will damage and eventually kill a plant.    

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