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.'

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