Picea orientalis 'Aureospicata' / yellow-tipped Caucasian spruce

Picea orientalis 'Aureospicata' is a slow growing, upright conical selection of Caucasian spruce with a stunning display of creamy yellow flush of spring growth that later darkens to typical dark green. Although similar is structure, appearance and performance to Picea orientalis 'Aurea,' 'Aureospicata has foliage that fully darkens to deep green while 'Aurea' will retain a yellowish glow through the summer.

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 7.5 feet (2.5 m) tall and 4.5 feet (1.5 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 8 to 10 inches (20 to 25 cm).

'Aureospicata' is a very old cultivar in the nursery trade. German horticulturalist/dendrologist, Ludwig Beissner first described it in 1909 in his book, Handbuch der Nadelholzkunde. (Manual for Conifer Connoisseurs).

Picea orientalis 'Aureospicata' in a private garden in Kansas, August, 2006. This plant shows typical late-summer color.
Photo by David Stegmaier
Picea orientalis 'Aureospicata' — foliage detail in spring.
Photo by Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks
Picea orientalis 'Aureospicata' — a dramatic spring show of color.
Photo by Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks