UP THE GARDEN PATH – Garden Advice

Alberta Spruce

I’m sick of buying real (cut) Christmas Trees every year and then throwing them out. Can you recommend a tree species preferably a conifer that will survive in a pot that we could bring into the house each year as our Christmas Tree? – Sue from Young

You could use several different species of conifers, the key is planting the tree in a good size pot so that it doesn’t dry out too quickly and has room to grow. However, it also should not be so big that you can’t lift it indoors each Christmas. I would recommend a Picea glauca var. albertiana ‘Conica’. This is commonly called an Alberta Spruce ‘Conica’. This naturally grows to a conical shape. They are slow growing so consider this when you’re choosing the maturity of the plant. You could also use some of the more compact growing Thuja orientalis species. Alternatively, you could use something more in keeping with an Aussie Christmas and use one of the dwarf flowering grafted Eucalypts.

Glenice Buck
Glenice Buck

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Glenice is a landscape designer, horticulturist, garden writer and consulting arborist based in Young but she also works on projects throughout country NSW including Sydney. Whenever the opportunity presents itself, Glenice enjoys visiting famous gardens, parks and nurseries around Australia and throughout the world. She is the principal of Glenice Buck Designs.

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