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Dwarf Alberta Spruce Trees

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Picture of dwarf Alberta spruce.

Picture of dwarf Alberta spruce.

David Beaulieu

Plant Taxonomy of Dwarf Alberta Spruce Trees:

Plant taxonomy classifies dwarf Alberta spruce trees as Picea glauca. 'Conica' is the cultivar I'll be considering.

Plant Type:

Dwarf Alberta spruce trees are classified as evergreen conifers.

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones for Dwarf Alberta Spruce Trees:

Dwarf Alberta spruce trees can be grown in zones 3-8.

Characteristics of Dwarf Alberta Spruce Trees:

Dwarf Alberta spruce trees may eventually reach 12' in height, but only over a long period of time (growing just 2"-4" per year). They have a classic "Christmas tree" shape. The green needles have a tight, densely-packed growth habit that gives dwarf Alberta spruce trees a "fuzzy" look.

Plant Care for Dwarf Alberta Spruce Trees:

Dwarf Alberta spruce trees require very little care, although they are, unfortunately, sometimes the victims of spider-mite attacks. Their slow growth rate means they hardly ever have to be pruned. Please see my FAQ on needle drop if you should experience that problem.

Sun and Soil Requirements for Dwarf Alberta Spruce Trees:

Dwarf Alberta spruce trees prefer full sun and a well-drained, acidic soil.

Dwarf Alberta Spruce Trees in Landscape Design:

Dwarf Alberta spruce trees are used as specimens in landscape design.

More on Dwarf Alberta Spruce Trees:

Dwarf Alberta spruce trees are one of the most recognizable specimens in North American landscaping. You'll often see them used in pairs to flank the entryway to a house for a formal look that strives for balance. Because dwarf Alberta spruce trees will remain relatively small for a number of years, people sometimes treat them (at least initially) as container plants.

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