Picea abies 'Aurea Magnifica' / magnificent golden Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Aurea Magnifica' is a slow-growing, pyramidal bush- or tree-form of Norway spruce with dense branching and bright, golden-yellow needles that assume an orange cast in winter in colder climates. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 5.5 feet (1.8 m) tall and 32 inches (0.8 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected and introduced to the nursery trade around 1900 by Ottolander and Hooftman Nursery, Boskoop, The Netherlands.

Picea abies 'Airea Magnifica' — a mature specimen in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Aurea Magnifica' at Circle Oak Ranch, Petaluma, California.
Photo by Janice LeCocq
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Picea abies 'Airea Magnifica' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger