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Picea glauca

'Conica'


Dwarf Alberta Spruce




            Mike's Opinion

this is Mike

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Undoubtedly one of the most popular dwarf evergreens found in Canadian gardens. Often over and misused, but as the photograph depicts here, it can be a magnificent specimen.



Michael Pascoe, NDP., ODH., CLT., MSc. (Plant Conservation)

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Family
Pinaceae
Genus
Picea
Species
glauca
Cultivar
'Conica'
Category
Woody
Type
Shrub (evergreen)
Pronunciation
USDA Hardiness Zone
2
Height
3–3.5 m
Spread
1–1.5 m
Photographs
Description and Growing Information
Flowering Period
June
General Description
A slow growing tightly formed pyramidal evergreen shrub, with short medium to light green needles.
Landscape
Often placed in pairs at entranceways foundations, or as a single lawn or flowerbed focal point. It should be given room to grow.
Shape
Upright pyramidal growth habit.
Growth
Slow
ID Characteristic
Dwarf Alberta Spruce is slow growing pyramidal evergreen shrub with medium green needles — densely packed — encircling the twigs. Eventually maturing at about 3.5 m in height and 1 m in width.
Pests
If stressed can become infested with mites or aphids.
Habitat
Horticultural origin.
Flower/Leaf Bud Description
Buds grow up to 6 mm long with rounded chestnut brown scale, many bud sports have arisen and these have produced forms of with smaller needles.
Leaf Description
Medium–light green, very thin, densely packed needles are up to 3 cm long, radiating around the thin stems.
Flower Description
Ornamentally insignificant.
Fruit Description
Ornamentally insignificant and rare.
Colour Description
Medium–light green foliage.
Texture Description
Dwarf Alberta Spruce has a very fine texture, densely packed.
Notable Specimens
The Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Propagation
Cuttings are usually collected in December and rooted in a media of sand and peat under mist with bottom heat.
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