Picea abies 'Gold Dust' / Gold Dust Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Gold Dust' is a narrowly conical, upright dwarf selection of Norway spruce with symmetrical branching is short, fine gold variegated needles. Toward the base, the needle-color is green while toward the tip they are soft gold in color. The overall effect is that of gold-dusting.

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 5.5 feet (1.8 m) tall and 2 feet (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the early 1980s by Buchholz Nursery, Gaston, Oregon. Talon Buchholz, the originator made the following comments in his Flora Wonder Blog in January, 2012, " This imp was found in an understock batch, and was thrown in the trash late one night when I was grafting. Obviously it wasn't going to make a good rootstock. The next morning I had a more benevolent view of the seedling and rescued it. 'Gold Dust' even earned some mild praise from Don Howse of Porterhowse Farms, a conifer geek who has seen them all."

Picea abies 'Gold Dust' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Buchholz Nursery, Inc.
Picea abies 'Gold Dust' — probably the oldest plant in existence at PorterHowse Farms, Sandy, Oregon.
Photo by Henk van Kempen