Picea glauca (Moench) Voss

White Spruce

Cultivar Alberta Blue

Cultivar Alberta Blue


Family: Pinaceae

Genus: Picea

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 2 - 6

Size: 40 to 100' tall and 10 to 25' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Moist, well-drained soil. Not tolerant of pollution. Typically pyramidal, dense in youth, often more open in maturity. Leaves to 8" long, glaucous green, smell foetid when bruised, stand above the upper surfaces of the branches. Cones to 2.5" long.


'Alberta Blue' - silvery blue foliage that does not revert, slow growing with a tight conical form


Native to Canada and north US. Introduced to Europe in 1700.

Published in Mitt. Deutsch. Dendrol. Ges. 16: 93 in 1907.

Basionym Pinus glauca Moench.

Synonym Pinus alba Aiton. - also publishsed in Desc. Pinus It is found in America from the forty-third degree of north latitude northward, but farther southward it disappears, requiring a very cold climate.

'Glauca' = having bloom - a fine white powdery coating that is seen on some leaves - in this case probably referring to the color of the leaves which have a blue-white cast.


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