Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade
Bloom Color: Inconspicuous/none
Bloom Time: N/A
Foliage: Evergreen Aromatic
Other details: Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater This plant is resistant to deer
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
On Jun 19, 2011, Lisadia from Springfield, MO wrote:
I planted one of these about 1' tall from Walmart in 2007, later in Spring. So it basically just sat there that year since it had already budded out. In 2008 and 09 it grew to be 24" so it was growing much faster than expected. But in 2010 it put on an amazing 9" and actually budded out 4 different times between April and August! I measured it last fall and it was 33". This year it is already in its second budding and 37" tall, so it's already put on 4" this year and shows no sign of stopping.
I read that some dwarf Albertas revert back to regular Alberta Spruce but that is not the case here because when that happens the branches grow longer and it won't have the tight packed needles. Mine still has very tightly packed needles and branchings. It's just a fast grower compared to all the reports of 1 - 2" a year. Last year it even out performed my Noway Spruces !
On May 15, 2011, weather1_guy from Rochester, MN wrote:
This tree is amazing. I bought this Fall of 2010 to plant in a container and overwinter it on my 3rd story patio (as a lil' 5ft Christmas tree). It got down to -30 last winter and I hadn't protected it at all and this spring it is covered with fresh green growth! My patio faces north so it only gets about 3-4 hours of direct sunlight a day (a few hours in the morning and a few in the evening). Great plant for a container :)
On Mar 13, 2010, purplesun from Krapets Bulgaria (Zone 8a) wrote:
Didn't expect this to do well here in Sofia, Bulgaria. It has doubled in size in just two years and, of course, it hasn't suffered from cold. Heat hasn't harmed it either. It grows in full sun in a container on the roof of my garage. We are presumably in zone 6b, 2300 feet AMSL.
This plant is a wonderful plant. It transplants very easily and adds a little formality to the garden. I had a minor problem with bagworms last summer but I picked them off and the plant is recovering nicely.
On Aug 2, 2006, Sheila965 from Rincon, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:
I just purchased these at Home Depot a couple of days ago. I live in Zone 8b. They look great at the end of my driveway. I just hope they can survive the heat but it is good to see other Georgians and a tropical climate such as Puerto Rico trying it as well.
On Aug 1, 2006, winging from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
This is a good foundation shrub in my area as long as you watch for and control spider mites, which can lead to dying off and ugly brown patches. Spraying it down with a strong jet of water every week or two does the job in discouraging the mites and helps provide adequate water as well.
Smaller specimens also do well in containers due to slow growth.
On Jul 12, 2006, nuckolsm from Delta Junction, AK wrote:
Alberta Spruce is frequently sold in Fairbanks, Alaska supercenters and home centers - but it is hardy only in the most sheltered of microclimates. I've seen many people (including myself) plant these beauties in the interior of Alaska only to see them freeze out. I suspect the purchasing people buy for Anchorage - not realizing that Fairbanks and the interior are a lot colder. Avoid this if you see temps below -40F. Otherwise, a wonderful plant!
On Jan 18, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:
If you like a plant that is just a blob of green all year.
Tolerates dry, alkaline, clay soil. My 10 year old plant is at a small 5'. It's counterpart nearby, however, a few years ago, began to show a growth from the rootstock that had been dormant for years, which eventually overpowered the graft. I cut off the graft to reveal a shapely Picea glauca. I have to admit that I was pleased that this pudgy thing is susceptable to roostock reversions.
I think the plant is overused in the face of many desirable new selections.
On May 23, 2005, CatskillKarma from West Kill, NY wrote:
There are two of these framing a shed door on my place. They were here when we bought the place. I decorate them at Christmas time every year--they are perfect for that. There's something a little fairy-tale ish about them, and they aren't what I would have chosen myself, but they are easy and look fine. My one reservation: dog pee browns them up real fast. My dogs likes to mark them, and we have to keep him away.
On May 22, 2005, misskaffee from SmallTown, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
I bought 3 of these today to plant in sunny backyard central. My first day rating is positive - they are so cute! But I'm a tad worried about their fate in my hands for two reasons:
1) I'm putting them into spots recently vacated by a maple and 2 dogwoods that passed on to greener pastures. Sigh. Not yet sure why they croaked so fast...? Really hope I'm not sentencing the new guys to death row!
2) I am a bit concerned that our summers in my part of Georgia might be too hot. Glad to see I'm not the only one trying them out in the warmer zones. My fingers are crossed. I'd love to decorate these cool little trees at Christmas time!
I live in San Juan, Puerto Rico and I Purchased this tree in Virginia and brought it to Puerto Rico and I thought it was going to die but to my surprise in doing excellent in 4 months that I have it here. Actually it looks more dense now and with more live. The tree is doing excellent and I have it in front of my house where it gets direct sun from the tropical island I life in for 5 hours a day when the sun changes direction. I do pour water twice a day to maintain a humid soil. I am in zone 11.
On Jun 10, 2004, stevenova from Newcastle United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:
The only problem with this plant (at least here in the Uk) is that it, along with a number of other spruces is very prone to attack by two agents. One is a tiny species of Aphid and the other (in hot dry summers) is a spider mite. Both can defoliate the plant over a period of months without attention.
Very soft-textured in comparison to most other evergreens. Requires virtually no trimming at all; maintains its shape naturally. Grows only an inch-or-two a year, so it's a good choice for planting near buildings where other shrubs or small trees may grow too large.
On Jan 28, 2003, vroomp from Marietta, GA (Zone 7a) wrote:
This plant is a must for every winter garden. Slow growing, these trees take 10-15 years to get over 6'. Ideal for containers or as a specimen in rock gardens, I have used these in several landscaping projects over the past 4 years and have yet to lose a plant.They seem to prefer semi-moist rich soil.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (2 reports) Blue Mountain, Alabama Vincent, Alabama Prescott, Arizona North Fork, California Santa Ana, California Clifton, Colorado Durham, Connecticut East Lyme, Connecticut Glastonbury Center, Connecticut Oxford, Connecticut Talleyville, Delaware Rincon, Georgia Ashton, Illinois Chicago, Illinois Washington, Illinois Lansing, Kansas Louisville, Kentucky Orchard Grass Hills, Kentucky Symsonia, Kentucky Taylorsville, Kentucky Lafayette, Louisiana Lisbon Falls, Maine Easton, Maryland West Friendship, Maryland Dracut, Massachusetts Novi, Michigan Tecumseh, Michigan Rochester, Minnesota Saint James, Missouri Springfield, Missouri Laconia, New Hampshire Old Tappan, New Jersey Mechanicville, New York Syracuse, New York West Kill, New York Greensboro, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Scaly Mountain, North Carolina Blue Ash, Ohio Bucyrus, Ohio Cincinnati, Ohio South Middletown, Ohio Chiloquin, Oregon Harbeck-fruitdale, Oregon Mill City, Oregon Salem, Oregon Ashley, Pennsylvania East Norriton, Pennsylvania East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania New Freedom, Pennsylvania San Juan, Puerto Rico Gallatin, Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee Woodlawn, Tennessee West Valley City, Utah East Highland Park, Virginia Roanoke, Virginia Bainbridge Island, Washington Colville, Washington Concrete, Washington Waterville, Washington