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Picea orientalis 'Skylands'

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Skylands Golden Spruce (Picea orientalis 'Skylands') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Skylands Golden Spruce

Skylands Golden Spruce

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Skylands Golden Spruce (Picea orientalis 'Skylands') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Skylands Golden Spruce foliage

Skylands Golden Spruce foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  35 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Description:

A memorable tree for home landscape use, with bright golden new growth in spring which eventually fades to lime green and a tall, pyramidal habit; ideal as a tall color accent in the greater landscape skyline

Ornamental Features

Skylands Golden Spruce has attractive yellow foliage which emerges gold in spring. The needles are highly ornamental and turn chartreuse in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The rough brown bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Skylands Golden Spruce is a dense evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Skylands Golden Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Skylands Golden Spruce will grow to be about 35 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Articulation 
Applications
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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