The Alberta Spruce is a truly unique yard piece. Its fluffy, dense, cloud like foliage, dwarf size, and perfect pyramid shape, give the appearance of a meticulously manicured specimen plant with no work required!

What You Need To Know:

  • Hardiness Zones: USDA Zones 3-6 (some varieties are even hardier)
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun but can tolerate some shade
  • Soil: Adaptable to various well-drained soils; prefers slightly acidic conditions
  • Mature Size:
    • Standard Alberta Spruce: 40-60 feet tall, 10-20 feet wide
    • Dwarf Alberta Spruce: 6-10 feet tall, 3-4 feet wide
  • Growth Rate: Slow to moderate (2-4 inches per year)
  • Lifespan: 30-50 years with proper care

Interesting Facts

  • A Dwarf by Design: The Alberta spruce is a cultivated variety of the white spruce (Picea glauca), a towering North American native. Decades of selective breeding resulted in this miniature marvel.
  • Not a Fan of Heat: While tolerant of cold winters, the Alberta spruce can struggle in hot, humid climates. It thrives in cooler regions with well-drained soil.
  • A Haven for Wildlife: The dense foliage of the Alberta spruce provides a cozy refuge for small birds and other critters seeking shelter.


Interested In Adding This Unique Tree To Your Property?

Contact Edmonton Arborist and our expert tree planting team will bring and install your very own Alberta Spruce!

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