Picea orientalis 'Silver Seedling'

Picea orientalis 'Silver Seedling' is a dwarf upright selection of Caucasian spruce with stunning white frosting on the upper surfaces of its branches. Slow growing when young, 'Silver Seedling' will eventually accelerate in growth with age. A ten year old specimen in the landscape may reach 2.5 feet (70 cm) in height. Beyond that, it is not unusual for healthy plants to grow more than 1 foot (30 cm) per year. Because of the bright white foliage, this plant is not recommended to be planted where it will be exposed to hot afternoon sun.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the late 1980s by L. Konijn nursery, Lunteren, The Netherlands and released to the nursery trade around 1990.

Picea orientalis 'Silver Seedling' at the Smits Pinetum, Volkel, The Netherlands.
Photo by Edwin Smits
Picea orientalis 'Silver Seedling' a closeup of needle detail.
Photo by Sam Pratt