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Dwarf Alberta Spruce

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Dwarf Alberta Spruce (Picea glauca ‘Conica’) – Possibly the most popular dwarf evergreen ever, looks like a small, fuzzy bright green Christmas tree, ideal as a garden accent; incredibly dense needles are very sensitive to winter burn and may need winter protection in exposed locations.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
6 feet
Average Landscape Width:
5 feet
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Picea
Species:
glauca
Cultivar:
Conica
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
pyramidal
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
only prune new growth
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Evergreen:
1
Density:
dense

Ornamental Features

Dwarf Alberta Spruce is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its distinctively pyramidal habit of growth. It has rich green evergreen foliage which emerges light green in spring. The needles remain green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Dwarf Alberta Spruce is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

Planting & Growing

Dwarf Alberta Spruce will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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