Abies pinsapo 'Aurea' / golden Spanish fir

Abies pinsapo 'Aurea,' commonly known as The Golden Spanish fir, is a golden variant that retains the symmetrical growth habit and stiff-needled branches of the species. Abies pinsapo 'Aurea' has bright gold new growth that turns green by winter in some parts of the country. In more moderate parts of the world the golden color is present year-round. The gold is most pronounced on the upper surfaces of the new growth. Burning can be a problem until the plant is established, and it is not very tolerant of subzero winter temperatures. Some of the gold becomes white-gold and is retained well into the winter. (Fincham, Robert L.)

Due to the lack of chlorophyll in the foliage, 'Aurea' grows slightly slower than the species. Typical rate of growth in most locations is 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm) annually, producing a small dense tree 5 feet (1.5 m) tall and 4 feet wide (1.2 m) after 10 years in the landscape.

This cultivar originated as a seedling introduced in 1868 by Adrien Sénéclauze Nursery of Bourg-Argental, France.

Abies pinsapo aurea — a lovely specimen, resplendent with seed cones, in a private garden in Petaluma, California (USDA Zone 9, Mediterranean climate).
Photo by Sara Malone
Abies pinsapo 'Aurea' — a closeup of golden foliage and maroon pollen cones ... a captivating combination.
Photo by Sara Malone
Abies pinsapo 'Aurea' in a private garden in Rochester, New York.
Photo by Elmer Dustman
Abies pinsapo 'Aurea' — photo copyright of The Wildlife & Conifer Garden, donated by Don and Nonda Surrat, Ohio, USA.
Photo by Nonda Surratt
Abies pinsapo 'Aurea' — a closeup of foliage detail. Photo copyright of Green Industry Images; donated by Ernie Wiegand.
Photo by Ernie Wiegand



Will the Abies pinsapo 'Aurea' the golden Spanish fir survive in zone 10a?

David Olszyk

that depends on the climate. Zone 10a - California (Mediterranean climate) possible ... Zone 10a - Florida (tropical) - probably not.