Dwarf white spruce

Picea glauca var. albertiana | Also known as: Dwarf Alberta spruce, Alberta spruce Picea glauca | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

When crushed, the Alberta spruce's leaves give off a pungeant odour. The same seems to be true of people in nightclubs.

The gloriously dense needle-like foliage and conical shape of Alberta spruce or Picea glauca var. albertiana make this a species that cannot be easily overlooked. There is something distinctly enticing about this species, with its small, attractive cones and leaves that range from stunning light green to greyish-green depending on the season. When crushed, the leaves give off a pungent odour. Alberta spruce grows in full or partial sunlight and appreciates moist soil with good drainage such as loamy soil. This charming evergreen stands proudly wherever it is planted, from a standalone feature in a rock garden or along a path to serving as a beautiful windbreak or screen.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.2 - 0.3
Spread [m]
  • 0.4
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • grafting
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Broadly spreading
  • Dense
  • Rounded
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z2-6
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -46 - -18
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Conifers
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
  • Bonsai
  • For every season
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Park
  • Rock garden
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 30 years or longer
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