Picea orientalis 'Little Star' / Little Star Caucasian spruce

Picea orientalis 'Little Star' is a miniature, flattened globose selection of Caucasian spruce with layered radiating branches and needles that flush bright gold in early spring, later darkening to species-typical dark green. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 8 inches (20 cm) tall and 12 inches (30 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of less than 1 inch (2.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in the late 1990s on a specimen of Picea orientalis 'Golden Start' by Uwe Langwald of Kurt Wittboldt-Müller nursery, Verden-Eitz, Germany. It was provisionally named 'Golden Start W.B.' but was changed to its official cultivar name just prior to its release into the nursery trade.

Picea orientalis 'Little Star' at the originating nursery's display garden in Germany.
Photo by Brita Johannsen
Picea orientalis 'Little Star' — the original witch's broom at Wittboldt-Müller nursery in Germany.
Photo by Brita Johannsen
Picea orientalis 'Little Star' — by mid-summer, the foliage darkens to species-typical dark green.
Photo by Jörg Reitz

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