Dwarf Alberta Spruce Picea glauca var. albertiana 'Alberta Globe'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Alberta spruce 'Alberta Globe'


'Alberta Globe' is a compact, spherical shrub with a dense, neatly rounded shape that resembles a small globe. This evergreen plant has soft, light green needles that give it a slightly silvery appearance, particularly in the sunlight. The needles are small and cover the numerous branches thickly, giving the plant a full, plush look that is often described as fluffy or cushiony. This decorative quality makes it a favorite for adding structure and year-round color to gardens. The branches of 'Alberta Globe' grow in a uniform manner which contributes to its tidy, globular form. The overall aesthetic is one of a neatly kept, rounded bush that maintains its shape without the need for regular trimming or shaping.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Alberta White Spruce, White Spruce 'Conica', Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Alberta Globe Spruce.

    • Common names

      Picea glauca 'Conica', Picea glauca var. albertiana 'Conica', Picea glauca 'Alberta Globe'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      White Spruce is not commonly known as a toxic plant to humans. However, as with many plants, individual allergic reactions or sensitivities can occur. Typically, ingesting parts of this plant does not lead to severe poisoning. If ingested in large quantities, you might experience gastrointestinal discomfort or irritation. Avoid consuming this plant to prevent any possible adverse effects. Always seek medical advice if you experience symptoms after ingesting any part of an unknown plant.

    • To pets

      White Spruce is not typically toxic to pets. However, ingestion could lead to minor gastrointestinal upset, such as vomiting or diarrhea, especially if large quantities are consumed. Nonetheless, it is always best to prevent pets from chewing on or ingesting parts of this or any other plants not specifically meant for their consumption. If you suspect your pet has ingested a considerable amount of this plant and is showing symptoms, consult with your veterinarian for appropriate care.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Height

      3 feet (0.91 meters)

    • Spread

      3 feet (0.91 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      North America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Appeal: Provides visual interest with its round, dense shape and bright green needles.
    • Compact Size: Ideal for small gardens and spaces due to its dwarf nature.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal pruning and care once it's established.
    • Hardiness: Exhibits tolerance to cold temperatures and can survive harsh winters.
    • Year-Round Interest: Maintains its color and form throughout all seasons, adding consistency to the landscape.
    • Drought Resistance: Once established, it can tolerate periods of drought.
    • Pest Resilience: Generally resistant to common pests and diseases, reducing the need for chemical treatments.
    • Wildlife Habitat: Provides shelter and nesting sites for birds and other small wildlife.
    • Soil Adaptation: Adapts to a variety of soil types, although it prefers well-drained conditions.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Landscape Miniature: 'Alberta Globe' is often used in model train landscapes or miniature displays due to its dwarf, globe-shaped growth habit which mimics full-sized trees at a smaller scale.
    • Bonsai: Though not traditional, 'Alberta Globe' can be trained into a bonsai form, offering a unique challenge for bonsai enthusiasts who appreciate conifer species.
    • Winter Garden Focal Point: Due to its evergreen nature and distinct shape, 'Alberta Globe' serves as an attractive central piece in winter gardens when most other plants have lost their foliage.
    • Photography Prop: Its unique form and texture make the 'Alberta Globe' a desirable subject for photographers, especially in macro photography to capture the details of its needles and form.
    • Educational Tool: This plant is sometimes used in schools or botanical gardens for educational purposes to demonstrate plant growth habits, conifer characteristics, and climate adaptability.
    • Topiary Framework: Enthusiasts of topiary sometimes use 'Alberta Globe' as a basic form to shape and train into more complex designs because of its dense foliage and slow growth.
    • Festive Decoration: During the holidays, the 'Alberta Globe' can be decorated with lights and ornaments as a living outdoor Christmas display.
    • Cultural Exhibits: 'Alberta Globe' may be included in cultural exhibits that focus on the flora native to certain regions of North America, particularly the northern parts where it thrives.
    • Collectible Specimen: Plant collectors who focus on dwarf or unique conifer varieties might cultivate 'Alberta Globe' as part of their specialized plant collections.
    • Aromatic Addition: Although not commonly noted for its scent, 'Alberta Globe' does possess the typical conifer fragrance which can lend a subtle, piney aroma to its surroundings.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Dwarf Alberta Spruce is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Dwarf Alberta Spruce is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: The Alberta spruce is a hardy plant that can withstand cold climates, symbolizing the ability to endure challenging conditions.
    • Longevity: With a long lifespan, the Alberta spruce represents endurance and the passage of time.
    • Growth: As an evergreen, the Alberta spruce continuously grows, symbolizing personal growth and renewal.
    • Peace: The soft texture and green hue of the Alberta spruce's needles can evoke a sense of calm and tranquility, representing peace and serenity.
    • Protection: In folklore, evergreen trees like the Alberta spruce were thought to ward off evil and provide protection due to their year-round vitality.

Every 2-3 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-4 years
Early Spring
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    For Dwarf Alberta Spruce, ensure consistent moisture by watering deeply once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions. During hotter months, increase water frequency, providing one to two gallons per week, and reduce in cooler, wetter seasons. Avoid overwatering to prevent root rot.

  • sunLight

    Dwarf Alberta Spruce thrives in full sun to partial shade. Plant in a spot that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily to ensure healthy growth and development.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Dwarf Alberta Spruce does well in a wide range of temperatures but prefers zones with winter lows of 0°F to 30°F. Ideal growing temperatures are between 60°F and 70°F, and it can survive temperatures down to at least -50°F when established.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune Dwarf Alberta Spruce lightly in late winter or early spring to maintain shape and encourage dense growth. Avoid heavy pruning, as this plant does not regrow from old wood, and annual trimming is generally sufficient.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Dwarf Alberta Spruce prefers a well-draining, moist soil mix with a good amount of organic matter. A blend of compost, peat moss, and perlite or sand is ideal for this conifer. The pH level should be slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 6.0 to 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Dwarf Alberta Spruce is slow-growing and does not need frequent repotting. Repot this plant every 3 to 4 years or when it becomes root-bound, usually in the spring before new growth starts.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Dwarf Alberta Spruce does well in average outdoor humidity conditions. It is not particularly demanding regarding humidity levels, but it should not be placed in overly dry environments for extended periods.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light and cool temps; avoid hot, dry air for best results.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, protect from harsh winds, well-draining soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      The Dwarf Alberta Spruce is hardy in USDA zones 2-6.

  • circleLife cycle

    The common name of Picea glauca var. albertiana 'Alberta Globe' is Dwarf Alberta Spruce. Its life cycle begins with germination from seeds, which typically requires a period of stratification to break dormancy. After sprouting, the seedling gradually matures into a juvenile plant, exhibiting a dense, globe-shaped form of finely textured needles. As it enters the adult phase, the Dwarf Alberta Spruce continues to grow slowly, maintaining its compact, spherical shape while developing a woody trunk and branches. Reproductive maturity is reached in several years, and the plant starts producing cones containing seeds to continue the species' cycle. The Dwarf Alberta Spruce can live for numerous decades, with its shape gradually becoming more pronounced as it ages, and ultimately, it will senesce and die, completing its life cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early Spring

    • White Spruce 'Alberta Globe' is commonly propagated by cuttings to ensure that the genetic traits of this dwarf cultivar remain true to form. The best time for taking cuttings is in the late spring to early summer when new growth is semi-hardwood. Cuttings should be about 4 to 6 inches long, with the lower needles removed to expose the stem. These prepared stems are then dipped in a rooting hormone and placed in a well-draining potting mix. They require a consistently moist environment with high humidity, which can be maintained by covering the cuttings with a plastic dome or using a mist system. It can take several weeks to a few months for cuttings to root effectively. Once roots have established, the young plants can be transferred to individual pots and gradually acclimated to outdoor conditions before being planted in their final location.