species id - Knowledgebase Question

w dover, vt
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Question by groberts21
January 28, 2006
Second attempt - trying to identify a spruce tree which was purchased as a Christmas decoration. It seems to be a miniature, potted spruce tree (appx 24

Answer from NGA
January 28, 2006
I remember answering this a few days ago and I sent an answer so I am sorry you did not receive it. Based on your description, I would guess it is probably a dwarf Alberta spruce because these are often sold as holiday decoration trees and have a naturally tidy, conical shape. New growth on needled evergreens is typically softer and greener, and this would be accentuated if the tree is indoors, so that is not unusual.

I would suggest you take some photos and consult with your local professional nursery staff to verify that it is a spruce. Unfortunately, you may not be able to identify it beyond that (spruce -- or Picea --would be the genus) and go all the way to species (specific type of spruce) until it matures fully as many will look quite similar until then.

In the meantime, if it is indoors (I think I remember that) keep it in as bright and cool a location as possible. Water to keep the soil slightly moist but not saturated wet. Do not abruptly set it outside in the cold now as this would shock it. In the spring as temperatures moderate you can gradually acclimate it to being in full sun and then plant it outside. It really is not suited to being a houseplant. Good luck with your little tree!

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