For year-round interest, particularly in winter, there is a diminutive plant that fits into almost any garden. Dwarf Alberta spruce is a wonderful addition not only to dwarf conifer gardens but to mixed borders as well. The evergreen foliage makes a great backdrop for smaller annuals; because of its small size, dwarf Alberta spruce can also play that role in a container garden. Its pyramid shape is attractive, especially in spring when lime-green new growth highlights the plant. There are also blue-gray varieties.
Use dwarf Alberta spruce as a specimen plant. Or group an odd number together to give some year-round structure to a garden bed. You can also place it in front of larger evergreens to create a layered look. Dwarf Alberta spruce flourishes as a topiary because its slow growth rate means it needs only an annual or semi-annual trim.
Plant Type: Shrub, Tree
Height: 6–12 ft
Width: 3–5 ft
Light Exposure: Full Sun
Foliage Color: Blue/Silver, Green
Special Features: Low Maintenance, Pest Tolerant, Winter Interest
Uses: Container Plant, Focal Point, Mixed Shrub Bed
Growing Dwarf Alberta Spruce
Give plants a well-drained spot in full sun and keep them watered. An acidic soil is preferred, especially one amended with compost and peat moss. Because dwarf Alberta spruce is so slow growing, it can be easily overtaken by more vigorous companions, so plant it where it has room to grow without being encroached upon. In very cold areas, wrap in burlap for the winter or spray with an anti-desiccant to keep plants from drying out and turning brown. Make sure plants are well watered going into winter.