Picea pungens ‘Stanley Gold’ is a slow-growing, upright, pyramidal selection of Colorado spruce with golden foliage in winter. Spring growth is green which presents a very interesting color contrast early in the growing season. Many consider the plant’s golden color to be superior to Picea pungens ‘Aurea,’ a much older selection.
After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4.5 to 6 feet (1.5 – 2 m) tall and two-thirds as wide, an annual growth rate of 5 to 7 inches (10 – 12.5 cm).
This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1978 from a 5000-plant flat of blue seedlings, by Larry Stanley, Stanley & Sons Nursery, Boring, Oregon, USA.