• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing 5-7 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Does not flower
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:PY-see-uh GLAW-kuh
    Plant type:Conifer
    Growth habit:Compact, Narrow
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing 5-7 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Silver-blue
    Blooms:Does not flower
    Garden styleCottage
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasThis superior evergreen with its dense conical form is one of the best for formal gardens. Use in conjunction with short sheared hedges and parterres. Try two to flank a fountain, entry door, gateway or classical sculpture. Incorporate into foundation planting for welcome verticals between windows with geometry that is stunning under snow. Combine with other evergreens in shrub borders for diversity of form and color and with flowering and colored foliage shrubs. In pots on porch or patio they add Old World charm or traditional Colonial character.
    Companion PlantsCreate a native woodland garden with Snowberry, Hyssop, Dogwood, and Potentilla, or a formal European look with Boxwood, Euonymus and the silver foliage of Fescue, Lavender, and Dead Nettle. The silvery blue foliage is always complemented by purple foliage plants like Ninebark, Barberry, and Smoke Tree.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Apply a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    This conifer is native to a number of states adjacent to the Canadian border, through Canada into Alaska. The trouble with blue-needled Dwarf Albert Spruce is that they unpredictably revert back to green. 'Haal' is the first truly stable variety, discovered in 1976 by Isaac Boss, owner of Hagthorne Cottage Nurseries in Surrey, England. The plant was a sport of Picea glauca 'Conica' and patented in 1987, the same year Isaac passed away. Alberta spruce is grown as Christmas trees and fresh cut greens used in holiday decorating. Oils have some commercial value. Native Americans used its gum as a salve and brewed the resin into medicinal drink for childbirth and other ailments.