We can’t get enough of these pint-sized conifers that just arrived in our nursery, made all the more darling when strung with tiny lights and baubles on the tabletop or mantel. Ranging from 3-10 inches in height, they also look great featured in a window box display or planted outdoors, where they will grow very gradually (only an inch per year for some species!). Learn more about how these petite pines can bring life to holiday decorating, below.
Pixie Dust Dwarf Alberta Spruce: Slow growing and requiring minimal pruning, this mini conifer cultivar will typically increase in size 1-2 inches per year, reaching a maximum height of 6 feet if left un-pruned. Cold hardy, it loves a cozy container or can be planted directly into the ground. Keep this pint-sized pine’s roots moist in well-drained soil and place in full-to-partial sunlight. In mid-summer, you’ll see it sprout tiny, yellow buds. Watch for dead growth that tends to clump near trunk of the tree, especially during fall and winter. Gently slough lifeless foliage away to keep your tiny evergreen merry and bright!
Amber Gold Arborvitae: Turning a brilliant shade of amber-green during the winter months, this cultivar is native to Europe and will grow up to 10 feet tall and 3 feet wide if left un-pruned. With scale-like foliage that naturally takes on a globe form, it is sensitive to soggy soil and should be placed in full sun to keep the roots from rotting.