Tiny Tower® Dwarf Alberta Spruce
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Height: 6 feet
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4a
Other Names: Picea glauca var. conica
This fine variety has a dwarf habit with an excellent pyramidal form; dense, bright green foliage matures to gray-green; ideal as an accent, specimen or container plant; may need winter protection in exposed locations
Tiny Tower® Dwarf Alberta Spruce has grayish green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The needles remain grayish green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Tiny Tower® Dwarf Alberta Spruce is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Tiny Tower® Dwarf Alberta Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Tiny Tower® Dwarf Alberta Spruce will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selection of a native North American species.
Tiny Tower® Dwarf Alberta Spruce makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.