Alberta spruce

noun

: a white spruce (Picea glauca albertiana) of the northwestern United States and Canada
especially : a slow-growing, dwarf, cone-shaped cultivar (Picea glauca albertiana conica) grown as an ornamental
Many homeowners use Alberta spruce as year-round color near their front door. Marilee Spanjian, The Tennessean, 23 Feb. 2003
Dwarf Alberta spruce grows in the perfect, conical, Christmas-tree form; it is densely covered with foliage, so decorations don't hang as much as protrude from its surface. Marty Wingate, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 6 Dec. 2001

Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Alberta spruce was in 1907

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“Alberta spruce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Alberta%20spruce. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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