Picea glauca 'Zuckerhut'

Picea glauca var. albertiana 'Zuckerhut' is a slow-growing, conical, dwarf selection of Alberta spruce. Needles are somewhat shorter than those of its parent and its overall growth is much tighter. Typical rate of growth for most areas in around 1 to 2 inches (2.5 - 5 cm) a year producing a tight cone 24 inches tall by 10 inches wide (60 x 25 cm) after 10 years in the landscape.

M. Lohse nursery of Bullenkullen, Germany discovered and introduced this cultivar in the late 1980s. It was propagated from a witch's broom mutation on a specimen of Picea glauca var. albertiana 'Conica." In the German language, Zuckerhut means "Sugar Shack."

Picea glauca var. albertiana 'Zuckerhut' in the Stegmaier conifer collection in Shawnee, KS, USA.
Photo by David Stegmaier