Picea glauca 'Conica' / dwarf Alberta spruce

Picea glauca var. albertiana 'Conica,' the ubiquitous dwarf Alberta spruce, is arguably the most commonly planted conifer in the nursery trade. It is a slow, conical growing plant with tight uniform branching holding light-green juvenile foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4 feet (1.3 m) tall and two-thirds as wide, an annual growth rate of around 4 inches (10 cm).

Alfred Rehder and J.G. Jack found the original plant in 1904, growing in the wild in the mountains above Lake Laggan, Alberta, Canada. Occasionally one sees plants tagged as Picea glauca 'Albertiana Conica' which is simply a case of sloppy nomenclature.

Picea glauca var. albertiana 'Conica' — a group planting. This photo was taken at Bickelhaupt Arboretum located in Clinton, Iowa in the Heartland Collection of Dwarf Conifers.
Photo by Dax Herbst


Charlotte Carnes

I am looking for a dwarf spruce tree that never grows taller than two or three ft tall .Is there a nursery where I could find one. I live in Douglasville ga. Thank you

David Olszyk

sorry, such a conifer does not exist. They all grow at a predictable rate for many decades, if not centuries. The only conifer will grow to a certain height and stop is a dead one.