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Picea glauca var. albertiana Conica


Alberta Spruce

Perfect for growing in pots and containers

This lovely, slow growing conifer naturally grows into a perfect cone. In spring fresh green needle-like leaves appear. These mature to deeper green and the plant holds its shape to make a dense, green triangle.


Happiest in a sunny spot where the plant can be used in a container or planted at the front of a border or in a rock garden. Lovely with winter flowering heathers and small spring flowering bulbs.


Happy in any well-drained soil. Use a good quality compost for container growing and raise the pot on pot feet through the winter months to help with drainage.

The Alberta spruce Conica has its origin in North America but found its way to England around the 1700s.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Conifer
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 160 cm - 200 cm
Plant width 85 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 60 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Rock garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From January to December