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The Dwarf Alberta Spruce is an evergreen conifer with a classic pyramidal Christmas tree shape that rarely exceeds 13 feet. This spruce tree variety is related to trees that grow 100 feet or taller. It is a popular choice for foundation plantings as a large shrub or small specimen tree all over America. This dwarf version grows very slowly—about 2 to 4 inches per year. The aromatic green needles are about 3/4-inches long.
The tree has a tight, densely-packed growth habit that gives dwarf Alberta spruce trees a "fuzzy" look. Unlike its larger white spruce cousins, the dwarf Alberta spruce rarely produces pine cones. Plant seeds in late spring or early fall. After a cold period and the temperature begins to warm, it triggers germination and new growth. It is commonly kept in containers as a young shrub and adorned with Christmas tree ornaments and holiday ribbons during the winter months.