Abies grandis 'Aurea', the golden grand fir is a large growing, pyramidal tree form when young; becoming broadly oval when older. Branching is species typical and needles greet the spring with a stunning flush of gold. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will be considered mature at 10 to 12 feet (3 - 4 m) tall and half as wide, an annual growth rate of 1 foot (30 cm) or more.
[ Brett Markus, owner of Conifer Kingdom Nursery ]Long, dark glossy-green needles emerge a fabulous golden-yellow in spring! A large specimen is truly striking, with a wonderful pyramidal, "Christmas tree" form.
This cultivar has been known to exist in the nursery trade since the late 1800s. Its first mention in botanical literature was made by Ludwig Beissner inHandbuch der Nadelhölzekunde.
Abies grandis 'Aurea' — a mature specimen in Dawes Arboretum, Newark, Ohio.
Photo by Bill Barger