Alberta White Spruce

(Alberta White Spruce)

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At a Glance

This is a charming, dwarf evergreen conifer which forms a dense, upright cone of close-packed, stiff, deep green needles. Ideal for growing in a container or for incorporating into a rock garden, it has heaps of character and maintains its attractive, unique shape naturally so very little pruning is required.

Its slow growth rate of less than 5cm per year makes it a great choice for planting near buildings where other shrubs or small trees may grow too large. Some people also use them as a long-loved Christmas tree an ideal size for a table decoration, or small formal pyramidal tree. It must be kept well watered in periods of hot, dry weather to prevent the needles from turning brown and dropping off. Its size and shape make it a stunning addition to any garden.

The pots supplied are intended to keep some soil around the roots of the trees. We recommend you re-pot the tree into a larger pot, half barrel or other suitable container. Please unpack your tree outside where possible.

Each tree is unique and will naturally vary in appearance.

Buying Conifers from Jacksons Nurseries

Unlike many garden centres, supermarkets and some nurseries here at Jacksons Nurseries we sell the majority of our stock all year round. Our stock is for the most part grown outdoors making it far hardier than those grown under glass and/or only sold ‘In Season’.

Here at Jacksons Nurseries we would favour a hardy outdoor grown plant every time. They are far less likely to suffer from the shock of being planted in colder conditions and they will begin to establish more rapidly the following spring. This can mean that they don’t look like a ‘picture perfect’ plant when purchased out of season but with the correct care and a little time you’ll have a wonderful plant to enjoy for many years to come.

Availability: Stock availability figures are provided as a guide only. There is a delay between orders being placed and the plants being gathered by our pulling team. During this time it may be possible for a member of the public to purchase these plants from our Garden Centre, while this is rare it is a possibility and we will notify you of any problems as soon as possible. This figure may also include plants that have not yet be flagged as unsaleable.

Pre-order: Pre-order times are given as a guide only and may vary dependent on the growing season. Orders containing Pre-ordered products will be shipped as a single order when all items become available. Large orders may be part shipped, please contact us on 01782 502741 or email

Please Note: 20 litre pots and above will require a pallet delivery starting at £79.99 per pallet. Depending on the exact pot size and height it may be possible to get between 5-10 trees per pallet at no extra cost. The maximum height we can dispatch on a pallet is 2m, this includes the height of the pallet and pot.

Where pot sizes are specified in a range (e.g. 30-43 litre pot) we can not supply a specific pot size, you will be supplied with which ever size is available at the time. The tree(s) will be within the specified height range.

*Depending on the time of year we may supply freshly potted rootballed trees, if this is the case these trees can be treated as any potted conifer.

*We will do our utmost to meet the delivery date but it will not be fully guaranteed due to current demand on couriers

Most species of conifer are evergreen, but there are a few deciduous varieties. Some varieties of conifer are good for privacy, as they make excellent hedges. Some are also good for ground cover. They usually have scale-like leaves or needles, and bear iconic cones.


Planting and Conditions

Conifers can be planted throughout the year, but it is best to plant them in the late autumn or winter, as long as the ground is not frozen or waterlogged. Most conifers are frost proof to an extent and hardy, so they will be able to establish well throughout cooler weather.

They should be planted in full sun or partial shade, and are tolerant of most soil types, but will benefit from having compost or manure tilled into the soil prior to planting.

Conifers also need decent draining, so do not plant them in very heavy clay soil or else you will risk drowning the plant.

A hole no less than 1m across and 25cm deep should be dug when planting your conifer. Add organic material such as compost or manure to the hole, and fill it in carefully so that you don’t damage the roots.


Aftercare and Pruning

Unlike other hardwood plants, conifers need very little pruning. However, if green branches appear in trees with coloured or variegated foliage, these should be pruned more often.

Dwarf conifers are not actually dwarf, but are just slower growing. They will eventually become larger and could outgrow their space. This is fairly common with most conifers as they grow, and they can be replaced when it happens. However, their size can be controlled to some extent by pruning and trimming them.

A few conifers such as yew and Thuja, can be pruned hard and will regrow. Most conifers will not regrow from old wood if you prune into it, so take care.

Conifers can be pruned from spring through to late summer.

Newly planted conifers need very careful watering during the initial stages. They are drought proof once established and should not need too much watering, but they are very vulnerable to stress from drought if they are not watered thoroughly.

Removing weeds as soon as they appear is a good way of ensuring that valuable moisture is not lost. Mulching also reduces moisture loss from the top layers of soil.


Potential Issues

Plants can suffer from nutrient deficiencies. Overly acidic or alkaline conditions, dry spells and waterlogging can make it very difficult for plants to extract the right nutrients, and sometimes the soil doesn’t have the right nutrients to start with.

Depending on which nutrient is deficient, mulching, using compost or using a spray enriched with the right nutrients is the remedy to this common ailment.

Brown patches may occur on conifers. There are a number of causes; pests such as the cypress aphid and scale insects can be treated with sprays and foliage removal. Parasitic wasps can also be brought into greenhouses as a biological control for removal of scale insects.

Establishment problems can also occur in young or newly planted conifers. Larger specimens will experience more problems establishing, and will require much greater aftercare than younger specimens.  Watering the plant well, but not excessively, and not planting it too deeply should help it to establish better.

Never spray with fertilizer or feed during hot, bright weather or you will risk scorching the leaves. Spray in overcast weather instead.

Root rot can occur when the plant is getting too much water. To remedy this, increase drainage around the plant.

Honey fungus could also occur as a result of waterlogging, or if it is already present on the plant or in the garden. It is the most destructive fungus in Britain, and unfortunately the only treatment is evacuation and burning of affected plant material.

Be sure to extract stumps and roots, as the rhizomorphs that grow during a honey fungus infestation cannot survive in soil when detached from infected material.

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Christmas Tree Size

Our Christmas trees are graded for height and marked up well in advance of cutting or digging. Your tree will be within the size range you ordered, if you want a guaranteed minimum then you are always best to order the next size up. It is always possible to reduce the size by cutting down at the base of the tree if its a bit to big. We measure our trees from the cut or the top of the pot/rootball to the middle of the leader (this is the centre branch when your star or fairy would go) so factor this in plus the height of your adornment too. Also consider that if you are having a rootballed tree the height will not include the rootball or any pot or stand you wish to use. Depending on your stand you may need to remove some of the lowest branches to get it to fit.

Imperial (ft) Metric (m)
2-3 0.61 - 0.91
3-4 0.91 - 1.22
4-5 1.22 - 1.52
5-6 1.52 - 1.83
6-7 1.83 - 2.13

Cut/Potted Christmas Trees

Dependent on size, it is supplied potted or cut. To ensure freshness, cut trees will have their rootball cut off as close to the dispatch date, once received you should keep it in a water holding stand. Our potted trees are not 'pot grown', they are dug from the field with a small rootball and placed into a non-decorative pot, this helps the tree to remain fresher for longer over the festive period. It may be possible to plant it out after Christmas but there are no guarantees. Your Christmas tree should be kept away from radiators or any other direct source of heat, such as an open fire. Keep your potted tree well watered. The pots supplied with trees are plain black plastic pots and are not intended for decorative purposes, put them into a water tight pot before watering. We recommend you remove your tree from the packaging outside.

Christmas Tree Delivery

Our Christmas Tree delivery is £19.99 We deliver Tuesday to Friday only. Non-Christmas items requiring a pallet delivery may incur additional costs due to pallet height restrictions, if this is the case we will contact you prior to dispatch.

We always recommend someone be available to accept a delivery however our couriers will leave consignments when requested, this is at your own risk. You can provide specific delivery instructions in the ‘Additional Information’ box during checkout. Orders will be dispatched using a 24 hour service via Fedex. We are unable to provide specific delivery times, deliveries are made between 7am and 6pm. If you do not receive your order on your specified delivery date please let us know the following day (Monday if your delivery date is a Friday).

We make every effort to deliver your Christmas Tree orders on the date you specify however there are certain times when factors outside of our control mean that this isn't always possible. We are unable to accept liability for any losses incurred whatsoever financial or otherwise as a result of your delivery not being made on the date specified.

Christmas Tree Returns

Cut and potted Christmas trees are considered perishable goods and as such are exempt from return. All christmas trees are expemt from our 12 month guarantee. This does not affect your statutory rights.