Picea breweriana 'Frühlingsgold' / Spring Gold Brewer spruce

Picea breweriana 'Frühlingsgold' is a moderately slow-growing, broadly pyramidal, upright selection of Brewer spruce that is species-typical in all aspects with the exception of a few weeks in the early spring. The new growth in spring is creamy yellow in color, darkening to emerald green over the summer. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4.5 feet (1.5 m) tall and 28 inches (70 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of around 6 inches (15 cm).

This fine cultivar's origin is officially unknown, having simultaneously appeared on several growers' product lists in the late-1990s/early 2000s. Based on its cultivar name, meaning "spring gold" in the German language, that's its likely country of origin.

Picea breweriana 'Frühlingsgold' at the Smits Pinetum, Volkel, The Netherlands.
Photo by Edwin Smits
Picea breweriana — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Edwin Smits