Picea abies 'Faskally Sport' / Faskally Sport Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Faskally Sport' is a broadly upright, relatively fast-growing selection of Norway spruce with reliably heavy yellow variegation throughout the plant. Some branches hold totally yellow needles while others may be half yellow and half dark green. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 3 feet (1 m) tall and 2 feet (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm).

Despite being a well-known plant in the rare conifer trade, this cultivar is of unknown origin. Variegated conifers such as this nearly always originate as branch sports found either in cultivation or in the wild. Faskally woods is a well-known wooded area in the historic district of Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. This may be where someone found the original mutation.

Picea abies 'Faskally Sport' — a young plant in a private garden.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Faskally Sport' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger