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Picea orientalis 'Early Gold'

(Early Gold Oriental spruce)

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Picea orientalis ‘Early Gold’ is a semi-dwarf, tree form of Oriental spruce with a pyramidal outline; layered, symmetrical branching and foliage that flushes rich creamy yellow in early spring, later turning to species-typical dark green during summer. Its spring foliage push takes place 2 weeks earlier than the similar cultivar ‘Aurea’ and holds the color for a longer time before fading to green.

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 6 feet (2 m) tall and 4 feet (1.2 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 – 20 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the late 1970s at the John Vermeulen Nursery, Neshanic Station, New Jersey.

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