The Dwarf Alberta Spruce is a perfect cone shaped evergreen displaying dense gray green needles which are soft to the touch. The slow growth of this conifer make it an excellent choice as a tub plant or miniature Christmas tree if kept tightly clipped. The Alberta spruce only grows to 6 to 8 feet if not pruned, but can be trimmed to practically any size and shape. This Picea variety would be an excellent living Christmas tree for a senior citizen or any loved one who would have difficulty handling a larger cut tree. The dense growth of this spruce variety means itís also a great screen plant that wonít overgrow tight spaces. The Alberta spruce is also a beautiful choice for woodland gardens or behind water features where rich green is desired. Hardy to USDA zone 2 and all higher zone, so can take lots of cold. It does prefer afternoon shade, especially in extreme summer areas. Keep consistently moist. Shipped as a potted 5 gallon specimen in its original soil and container to ensure a healthier start when planted in yard or garden. Plant about 3-4 feet as measured from the soil, well shaped.