Picea abies 'Lemonade' / Lemonade Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Lemonade' is an upright, tree form of Norway spruce with semi-pendant branching and attractive golden foliage that is more intense in winter. Unlike many of its sister seedlings, 'Lemonade' has not yet known to produce cones. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 feet (4 m) tall or more, and 2-thirds as wide, an annual growth rate in excess of 12 inches (30 cm).

This cultivar is the 12th of 28 golden seedlings selected in 2010 by Bob Fincham at Coenosium Gardens, Eatonville, Washington. These seedlings were a deliberate cross of Picea abies 'Gold Drift' (pollen parent) × 'Acrocona' (seed parent) made in 2001.

'Lemonade' is is one of seven selections made in 2019 for the popular ACS Collectors' Conifer of the Year Program.

Picea abies 'Lemonade' — a potted specimen at a commercial nursery in Oregon.
Photo by Sam Pratt, courtesy of Conifer Kingdom inc.
Picea abies 'Lemonade' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Sam Pratt, courtesy of Conifer Kingdom inc.

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