Picea glauca 'Conica'
Dwarf Alberta Spruce
Dwarf White Spruce
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Conifer, evergreen tree, shrub, dwarf, 10-12 ft (3-4 m), slow growing, become broadly conical with time. Needles light green, densely set, only 6-12 mm long, and radiate around the stem. Very common in cultivation.
- Sun. Shelter from hot or cold winds and strong reflected sunlight. Red spider mites are often a problem in dry heat. Will occasionally revert to the species type, i.e., loss of dwarf habit, more open, and longer needles.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 2 This natural dwarf was discovered in the wild in Alberta, Canada in 1904. Several newer cultivars, e.g., 'Laurin' and 'Elegans Compacta', were derived from 'Conica'.
- glauca: glaucous (covered with a waxy bloom that rubs off readily), the leaves
- Corvallis: northeast corner of 11th St. and Washington Ave.