Alberta spruce


: 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

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near Alberta spruce

Cite this Entry

“Alberta spruce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!