Abies balsamea 'Eugene Gold' / Eugene Gold Balsam fir
aka Abies balsamea 'Eugene's Gold'
Abies balsamea 'Eugene Gold' is a dwarf, globose bush with yellow-gold foliage. It grows 1 to 2 inches (2.5 - 5 cm) per year. Plant in partial shade. (Robert L. Fincham)
A bright yellow needled selection of Balsam fir. Typically one will see a flat to globose specimen. Over time, however, a leader will form, and the plant will become a dwarf tree. The needles are finer and fluffier than those of the species. Typical rate of growth in most areas in 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm) a year, speeding up a bit as the plant matures.
Greg Williams of Kate Brook Nursery, Wolcott, Vermont, propagated the original plant in the mid-1990s from a yellow sport.
This picture shows what is most commonly seen in gardens — a young, spreading plant showing the nice fluffy yellow foliage.
Photo by Henk van Kempen
A 25-30 year old specimen of Abies balsamea 'Eugene Gold' at Porterhowse Farms, Sandy, Oregon.
Photo by Edwin Smits