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Daisy’s White Alberta Spruce

Picea glauca var. albertiana 'Daisy's White'

Daisy’s White Alberta Spruce

Picea glauca var. albertiana 'Daisy's White'

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How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

About Me

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Daisy’s White Alberta Spruce is a striking dwarf evergreen with spring growth that is almost pure white, turning very slowly more yellow and eventually maturing in summer to a rich green. In winter it holds its green color without bronzing or burning. This tree grows just a few inches a year, reaching 2 feet tall within 10 years and continuing to grow indefinitely after that. It is superb as a feature in a rock garden, or on terracing, slopes or retaining walls. Grow it with a collection of other dwarf evergreens, or in a pot or planter box.

  • Spectacular white foliage in spring and early summer
  • Slow-growing to 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide in 10 years
  • Superb specimen for colder parts of the country
  • Can be grown in pots and planter boxes
  • Easily grown in any well-drained soil

Full sun will give the best foliage coloring and growth with Daisy’s White Alberta Spruce. It grows in most well-drained soils, from sand to clay, with a slight preference for acidic soils. It grows well in poor, rocky soils and gravels too. It normally has no pests or diseases when growing in cool zones, and it needs no trimming or special attention to grow steadily and become a significant presence in your garden.

Plant Hardiness Zones 3-6
Mature Width 1
Mature Height 2
Soil Conditions Moist, Well-Drained Soil
Sunlight Full Sun
Drought Tolerance Moderate Drought Tolerance
Zones 3-6

The charm of dwarf conifers never fails, and these cute little plants have a way of catching our attention (and hearts). You might use them among your shrubs, or have a special collection in a dedicated bed, but either way be sure to make a special place in your garden for Daisy’s White Alberta Spruce. This truly unique little plant radiates beauty, especially in spring, that is a lot bigger than its small size. A glowing pyramid of almost pure-white, it’s going to become a striking beacon in your beds. “What is that?!” is the most likely comment from visitors, and everyone is amazed at how beautiful and unique this little charmer is. No wonder the finder named it after his granddaughter. Growing just a few inches a year to become a perfect little pyramid that never needs trimming, this remarkable plant is for collectors – collectors of beauty and collectors of very special things. Grow it in a rock garden, on terracing and retaining walls, or in a planter – however you grow it this little plant will find its way into your heart – and yes, it’s easy to grow, especially in the coldest parts of the country.

Growing Daisy’s White Alberta Spruce

Size and Appearance

Daisy’s White Alberta Spruce is a dwarf evergreen shrub that grows just 2 or 3 inches a year, reaching about 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide within 10 years. After that it will continue to grow at about the same rate indefinitely, becoming a remarkable mature specimen that will live for decades. It forms a slender pyramid, becoming broader and slightly more irregular with age, and with branches to the ground more or less indefinitely. The many short stems create a dense, tight surface and the soft-looking foliage give it a wonderful and unique look. The needle-like leaves are no more than ½ inch long, and they are in dense clusters at the ends of every shoot. In spring the new growth is a pale yellow, soon turning yellow-white. A tree at this stage is a stunning and marvelous sight. Gradually it turns greener, until it becomes a bright green with bluish overtones. Exactly when that happens varies, and in the coldest zones it will probably be the end of summer before it is the fully-mature green. It will be earlier in warmer zones. That mature coloring lasts throughout the winter months, with no bronzing or browning, no matter how cold it becomes.

Using Daisy’s White Alberta Spruce in Your Garden

This little charmer is perfect for a rock garden, with other small plants. It would be great along a level of terracing, or at the foot of a wall. Plants like this are especially suitable for dedicated beds of different evergreen conifers – spreaders, spires, balls and cones in different foliage colors from gold to blue. Especially in colder zones this is a great way to have a fascinating and beautiful feature in your garden which just gets better and better over time. In zones 4, 5 and 6 this tree could also be grown in a planter, pot or trough, alone, or again with a collection of other small evergreens.

Hardiness

Despite its small size and amazing coloring, Daisy’s White Alberta Spruce is hardy even in zone 3, and it thrives in all cooler zones into zone 6.

Sun Exposure and Soil Conditions

Full sun will keep your little tree dense, compact and beautiful, and intensify its white coloring. It will grow well in any well-drained soil, from sand to clay, but good drainage is important. It also grows well in rocky soils and gravels, as long as they are not too hot and dry. Slightly acidic soils are preferred, and very alkaline soils may not be so suitable. Steady moisture and cool soil in hotter zones is needed, so use mulch – either organic or gravel – to achieve this. Mature plants have good resistance to ordinary drought, but don’t do well in hot and humid areas.

Maintenance and Pruning

There is really nothing you need to do to grow Daisy’s White Alberta Spruce once it is established. For the first couple of years you should water regularly, and always give a deep watering just before freeze-up. Otherwise it will take care of itself, normally stays free of pests or diseases and needs no trimming – it develops best left to itself.

History and Origin of Daisy’s White Alberta Spruce

White spruce, Picea glauca, is a tall evergreen tree found all across the northern parts of North America and into the USA, especially in Minnesota and around the Great Lakes. In the west a form usually called ‘variety albertiana’ is found, called western white spruce. Some authorities believe this is a hybrid between white spruce and Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii), which grows beside it in the west. If that is true this tree would be called Picea x albertiana. In 1904 a dwarf form was found growing wild in Alberta, Canada, and today it is called ‘Conica’ – a very widely-grown and beautiful dwarf evergreen. In 1996 a nurseryman in Eigenbilzen, Belgium, called Ludo Jeurissen-Wijnen, was growing that plant and among them he discovered one unique individual. He named it after his granddaughter, Daisy. At first it was called ‘J.W. Daisy White’, but Ludo insisted that it be changed to ‘Daisy’s White’.

Buying Daisy’s White Alberta Spruce at the Tree Center

We know you will love this little charmer from the moment you receive it. It will grow in your garden and in your heart over the years, becoming a great favorite, we’re sure. But order right away, because collectors seek out this plant, and it will sell out very soon.

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Daisy’s White Alberta Spruce

Picea glauca var. albertiana 'Daisy's White'