Picea abies 'Aurea Jakobsen' / Jakobsen's golden Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Aurea Jakobsen' is an upright, narrow pyramidal selection of Norway spruce with semi-pendant branches holding frosted golden needles on their upper surfaces. It holds color throughout the year. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 7.5 feet (2.5 m) tall and 32 inches (0.8 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 8 to 10 inches (20 - 25 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the late 1970s by Arne Vagn Jaksobsen of Glamsbjerg, Denmark. The cultivar name is commonly seen misspelled as 'Aurea Jacobson' or simply shortened in to 'Jacobson' or 'Jakobsen.'

Picea abies 'Aurea Jakobsen' — a young specimen in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Aurea Jakobsen' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Aurea Jakobsen' — Green Industry Images; copyrighted photograph; permission granted.
Photo by Ernie Wiegand
Picea abies 'Aurea Jakobsen' — a closeup of a seed cone.
Photo by Bill Barger