December Plant Pick: Dwarf Alberta Spruce

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picea_glauca_conica-jpgPicea glauca ‘Conica’, also known as Dwarf Alberta Spruce, is one of our favorite dwarf evergreen conifers for containers, especially during the holidays when they show off their natural pyramidal shape. They grow about 6 to 8 ft high and 4 to 5 ft wide, and are well suited as spirals or poodle shaped topiaries.

Dwarf Alberta Spruce’s green needles are soft to the touch, unlike some of their relatives that have sharp needles. Due to their slow growth habit they require very little maintenance besides feeding during the year and some light pruning in the spring if needed.

Pair them in containers by the front door with red or white cyclamen and
bacopa for a festive combination.

 

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