Answer: My first suggestion is Picea glauca 'Conica', the dwarf Alberta spruce. It grows slowly, eventually reaching 6-8' in height and 4-5' in width. It grows into a perfect Christmas tree shape, and the gray-green needles are soft to the touch. Another suggestion - Picea abies 'Pendula', the weeping Norway spruce. It's a slow-growing evergreen with that typical Christmas tree look. The pendulous branches make it attractive all year around. Abies koreanna, the Korean fir is a compact, slow-growing tree. 'Aurea' has gold-green foliage and 'Horstman's Silberlocke' produces green needles with silvery undersides. The needles turn upward, exposing the silvery color beneath. Any of the above described trees would be suitable as a living Christmas tree in front of your building.
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