Picea abies 'Vermont Gold' / Vermont Gold Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Vermont Gold' is a broadly spreading, slow-growing selection of Norway spruce with layered branches and golden-yellow foliage that looks its best when given 3 to 4 hours of morning sun. If grown in shade, plants will appears greenish yellow and if grown in full sun young plants will burn badly.

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 2 feet (60 cm) tall and 4 feet (1.3 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm).

This cultivar originated as a golden branch sport found on a specimen of P. abies 'Repens' in the mid-1990s by Greg Williams of Kate Brook Nursery, Wolcott, Vermont, USA. It was first listed under the illegitimate name, 'Repens Aurea' and later changed. Another illegitimate synonym is 'Repens Gold.'

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Picea abies 'Vermont Gold' — a mature specimen in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Vermont Gold' — a closeup of foliage detail in late summer.
Photo by Bill Barger

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