Picea glauca 'Renforth Beauty' / Renforth Beauty white spruce

Picea glauca 'Renforth Beauty' is a beautiful bi-colored selection of white spruce with all combinations of green and yellow foliage occurring at random. The original was well positioned in nature to survive the summer sun but young grafts have exhibited some sunburn so it should be strategically located to avoid damage to the mostly yellow shoots in summer. This is a relatively fast-growing cultivar; expected annual growth is around 4-6 inches (20-30 cm) a year producing a 5-6 foot (2 meter) tall tree after 10 years in the landscape .

Bill Journeay discovered the original specimen along a major highway in St. John County, New Brunswick, Canada. He named it for a town in the vicinity. Due to a scheduled highway expansion an attempt to relocate the original failed but it had been grafted and will be established at Kingsbrae Gardens in St Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada.

Picea glauca 'Renforth Beauty' -- the original specimen found along a highway in New Brunswick, Canada.
Photo by Bill Journeay
Picea glauca 'Renforth Beauty' -- a closeup of the stunning variegated foliage.
Photo by Bill Journeay

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