Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Slow growing 5-7 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Dramatic Foliage Color
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Does not flower
Landscape Uses:
Landscape Uses
Botanical Pronunciation:PY-see-uh GLAW-kuh
Plant type:Conifer
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
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
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 Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
History:
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.