How Fast Does This Spruce Grow?
As a slow grower, reaching a mature height of 10-12 feet can take 25-30 years.
How Do I Prune A Dwarf Alberta?
This evergreen doesn't need to be pruned but can be maintained by removing overgrown or dead branches. Any pruning should be done in late winter to early spring before the new growth season.
Does This Tree Have Deep Roots?
As a dwarf tree, the size of the root system tends to be a bit bigger than the width of the crown. The roots of this tree arent considered invasive so planting close to foundations or underground piping is ok.
Spring and fall are great times for planting your Dwarf Alberta Spruce. However, winter is fine as long as the ground isn't frozen and if you are in an area that has mild summers, like zones 2-5, summer is a great time to plant as well.
The Alberta Spruce thrives in full to part sun and adapts to any soil that is well drained. A neutral to acidic soil is best. If you know you have an alkaline soil choose an acidic fertilizer like Espoma's Holly Tone. After planting, adding a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch will help keep the soil moist. Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as this increases the chances of pests and disease. Water your new tree deeply a couple times a week for the first month or two. After your plants are established, they only need watered when the potting soil is dry. This Spruce is drought tolerant after establishing. Fertilize when planting and in early spring yearly with a slow release fertilizer. If your soil is on the basic side choose a fertilizer for acid loving plants. The Dwarf Alberta Spruce is wind, cold, and deer resistant. Be sure your tree is planted where it has plenty of air flow.
When properly cared for, the Alberta Spruce rarely has issues with pests and disease. If you notice brown dry spots on your Spruce Spider Mites may be the culprit. Treat with insecticidal soap for minor infections and Bifenthrin for more severe infestations. Do not use horticultural oil on Alberta Spruces. For more, learn about the top 10 Dwarf tree options.
This small evergreen provides year-round lush green foliage that is soft to the touch. Perfect for elegant containers in their natural state or manicured and sculpted for an extra classy impact. Try spiral sculpting for the ultimate in posh design! The Dwarf Alberta Spruce is perfect for a dense screen in small spaces. Keep your nosy neighbor out even in a small yard. Plant this small tree at the entryway to your home or driveway. This Spruce will welcome you home year-round, not just 3/4s of the year like most other trees recommended for this option! This tree is lovely decorated for the holiday season, but it so much more than just a Christmas tree! This formal foundation tree is functional in a multitude of ways throughout the landscape! For more ornamental options, learn more about our Dwarf Crape Myrtles which also make great focal points in the landscape.
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|Soil Type||Well Drained|
|Mature Height||6-10 Feet|
|Mature Width||5-6 Feet|