Dwarf Alberta Spruce
Dwarf Alberta Spruce
Picea glauca 'Conica'Item #6462 USDA Hardiness Zone: 2 - 8
A perfect cone-shaped dwarf conifer displaying dense green needles which are soft to the touch. Excellent as a miniature Christmas tree in natural form, or as an artistically pruned topiary. Makes a formal statement in the garden. Superb container specimen. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly and deeply, when the top 3 inches of soil becomes dry.Average Landscape Size:Slowly reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 4 to 5 ft. wide in natural form.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:PY-see-a GLAW-ka KOH-nee-kaDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:1 - 7, 14 - 17Growth habit:Columnar, CompactGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slowly reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 4 to 5 ft. wide in natural form.Special features:Bird Friendly, Deer Resistant, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.Garden styleCottageDesign IdeasThis dense pointed conifer is a perfect front yard Christmas tree for holiday lighting at small city homes. Dense growth means it's also a great screen plant that won't overgrow tight spaces. Use symmetrical form as a single accent, in matched pair or in an evenly spaced series amidst hedges and parterres. Experiment with topiary spirals or poodles for potted specimens on entries and patios, where there's no room to plant. A beautiful choice for woodland gardens or behind water features.Companion PlantsMaiden Grass (Miscanthus); Boxwood (Buxus); Lavender (Lavandula); Spirea (Spiraea); Variegated Dogwood (Cornus)
- CareCare InformationTolerates a wide range of well-drained soils. Thrives in cold winter, cool summer areas. Site a few feet from structures to allow good air circulation. Water regularly during first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. Prune only as needed to maintain shape.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly and deeply, when the top 3 inches of soil becomes dry.
- History & LoreHistory:This conifer is native to a number of states adjacent to the Canadian border, through Canada into Alaska. Alberta spruce is grown as Christmas trees and fresh cut greens used in holiday decorating.Lore:The genus name Picea translates from the Latin for pitch, a sugar rich gum extracted from spruce trees. Native Americans used its gum as a salve and brewed the resin into medicinal drink for childbirth and other ailments. Its oils have some commercial value.