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Dwarf Alberta Spruce

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Enjoy year-round beauty with this evergreen tree. Hardy in zones 2-6, Alberta spruce makes a wonderful accent specimen, and is sometimes used as a Christmas tree. Dwarf varieties grow well in containers and are often pruned into topiaries. This low-maintenance but high-profile tree will give you many years of enjoyment.

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Dwarf Alberta Spruce

Beautiful and small ornamental evergreen tree

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Alberta spruce (or Picea glauca, also known as White spruce or Canadian spruce) is native to North America. It is a coniferous, evergreen tree that grows in a pyramidal form. 

With deep green, needle-like leaves and brown cylindrical cones, the Alberta spruce is sometimes used as a Christmas tree. 

A dwarf cultivar, 'Conica', is popular as a garden plant. Fast Growing Trees Nursery also carries elegant dwarf Alberta spruce spiral topiaries. 

Dwarf varieties are designed to be smaller than the parent tree, and are often used as vertical accent specimens within the landscape. 

Dwarf varieties are also suitable for growing in containers. Dwarf Alberta spruce makes an excellent foundation planting. Remember to leave three to four feet from the center of your planting hole to allow for its growth. 

The Dwarf Alberta spruce typically grows to a height of 10 to 12 feet, but this slow-growing tree takes more than 25 years to completely mature, making it great decor when potted, because it will not outgrow your porch, or sunroom, or landscape any time soon. 

Alberta spruce thrives in zones 3 through 8. This hardy tree can withstand high winds, cold temperatures, as well as periods of heat and / or drought. Alberta spruce prefers full sun and appreciates well-drained soil, but it can tolerate some shade. 

Since it is evergreen, the spruce will keep its beauty and form year-round. When other deciduous trees have lost their leaves, the Alberta spruce will still be attractive in your landscape.




Growing Zones: 2-6

Mature Height: 10-12 ft.
Mature Width: 3-4 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Moist, well-drained
Drought Tolerance: Good
Time to Plant: Anytime
Botanical Name: Picea glauca 'Conica'
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 2-6
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 2-6
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It's Easy to Plant your Dwarf Alberta Spruce

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Dwarf Alberta Spruce.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Dwarf Alberta Spruce gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Dwarf Alberta Spruce again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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my tree looks like it is dying. some of the twigs are gray. what do i do?
A shopper on Jun 17, 2014
Best Answer: You could try getting some pvc about a foot long, one inch wide, tape it down into the ground around the root base of the tree and put water thru the piping, it seems that your tree maybe lacking hydration.
Reply · Report · Davia L on Jun 18, 2014
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Yes... Your Dwarf Alberta Spruce can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.