Dwarf Alberta Spruce
This December stunner naturally grows in the form of your typical Christmas tree. Being a native spruce to North America this slow growing dwarf enjoys cold winters and cool summers. This tree maxes out at 3.5 m (10-12 ft) tall, 2-3 m (7-10 ft) wide, and grows only 5-10 cm (2-4 in) a year. Zones 3-6 are suitable for raising a Dwarf Alberta Spruce. These minis like to soak up the sun, prefer well drained soil and good airflow because of its dense foliage. Like its size its needles are dwarf and can appear soft or fuzzy. They are not meant for cuddling as occasionally they can provide your skin with a fine, red, itchy, stinging rash. This evergreen conifer is low maintenance, hardy, requires no pruning and may attract spider mite.
The Dwarf Alberta Spruce is often used as a container grown item in Christmas décor displays. Afterwards, if acclimated properly, it will survive as an outdoor plant and can be kept in the container for years due to its slow growth rate. They are also often used as garden specimens in landscape designs but have the capabilities to outgrow their designated space as they won’t stay small forever. They are a very common choice for the garden and great for balancing a space. Pair it up with some perennials or flowering shrubs to add structure, colour and whimsy to your front flower bed.
If you need to spruce up your garden add a Dwarf Alberta.