How Much Does a Dwarf Alberta Spruce Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 14, 2018

The Dwarf Alberta Spruce, native to North America, is a natural upright tree that produces dense, Christmas tree-like needles.

Sometimes referred to as a container plant, they are a slow-growing, compact, cone-shaped type of evergreen with bright green needles.  They are typically grown for its foliage since they are so dense and are ideal as an accent.

Picea glauca ’Conica’, 2016 by F. D. Richards, on Flickr
Picea glauca ’Conica’, 2016” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by  F. D. Richards

How much does a Dwarf Alberta Spruce cost?

Depending on the size and nursery/retailer you purchase from, the prices of a dwarf Alberta spruce are going to range anywhere from as little as $10 for a 1-gallon tree to as much as $200 for a four-foot tall tree.  Typically, for every gallon, plan on spending at least $10.  On the other hand, if you want to purchase it by the foot, it can cost at least $40 per foot; however, this price can be much higher if you want a tree taller than eight feet tall.  Refer to our table below to see what the average height may cost you at a local nursery:

SizeAverage Price
1 gallon$15
2 gallons$35
18-24" (3 gallons)$45
24-30" (3 gallons)$50
5 gallons$75
36-42" (7 gallons)$100
10 gallons$200
15 gallons$225

On, the highest rated Dwarf Alberta Spruce trees retail for $10 for a four-inch pot or $35 for a two-gallon pot.

At Krumkill Nurseries in Slingerlands, New York, for example, a three to four-foot tall Dwarf Alberta Spruce retails for $180.  The price includes the planting, mulch, staking (if required), and a one-year guarantee.

Lowe’s, inside their garden center, offers a two-gallon Dwarf Alberta Spruce for $25.

What are the extra costs?

A larger tree, if you needed it delivered from a local nursery, could cost an additional $50 to $100, depending on the nursery and distance traveled; however, this fee may be waived if you were to meet their minimum spending requirements.

There are some trees that can be carved into shapes, most often spirals or balls, that can greatly accent your home.  If you purchase a large tree that has already been shaped or carved, it will be more expensive than the estimates mentioned.

Tips to know:

A Dwarf Alberta Spruce can grow three to five feet wide and grow up to seven to 12 feet, growing about two to four inches a year in moist, acidic, well-drained soil conditions.  Most often, it will take the tree up to 30 years to reach its maximum height.

While Dwarf Alberta spruce trees grow best in zones 3 through 8, they can withstand high winds, low temperatures, heat, and even long drought periods.

Easy to maintain, the tree requires very little water or fertilizer; however, they are sometimes victims of spider mites.  They will thrive in areas with at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight.

When purchasing from a local nursery, consider buying from one that’s able to offer a one year guarantee on your purchase.

How can I save money?

Shop around. You will find quite the price difference between local nurseries and big-box retailers.  Many times, the same tree can be 50 percent more and be the same exact plant, often even coming from the same wholesaler.

Nurseries and big-box retailers are notorious for offering coupons or holding sales.  For example, Home Depot has the garden club you can subscribe to via email to save 10 percent off your first purchase.

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Average Reported Cost: $15

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  1. Jim (Boise,  Idaho) paid $15 and said:

    I paid $15 for a one gallon at a local nursery.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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