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Compact Oriental Spruce 'Aurea'

Picea orientalis 'Aurea Compacta' - The small spruce with the golden shimmer

Compact Oriental Spruce 'Aurea'
 
 
 
 

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Product information "Compact Oriental Spruce 'Aurea'"

It is true garden happiness that there are even small variations of many of the beautiful spruce species which usually are too large for most gardens in their original form. This compact form of Oriental Spruce was found in the Skylands Botanical Garden in New Jersey, USA and introduced in 1979. It is often called Picea orientalis aurea ‘Skylands’ in many English catalogues.

The main attraction of this Oriental Spruce is the same as with the five metre large version: the very short, almost pleasant feeling needles and of course the golden young shoots in the spring, which then gradually turn green in the summer. I have noticed time and again that the compact version of the Oriental Spruce has a much clearer gold shimmer in the summer and autumn than the normal form. If you look closely, then you can easily see that the tips of many needles stayed yellow, especially on the top of the shoots, which has a very nice effect.

And last but not least, this variety of Oriental Spruce remains small; after 10 years is reaches a height of 150 cm at most. It fits in almost any garden and can also be grown in pots on balconies or terraces for the long term.

Suitable as a potted Christmas tree

Would you like a Christmas tree in a pot and are you looking for a different type of Christmas tree? If yes, then we can help you. This compact form of the Oriental Spruce remains small and compact for the long term, and can thus be used for years as a Christmas tree. However, it is recommended to repot the tree every two to three years in a new pot that is about 20% to 30% larger. And during the other 360 days of the year? Since this spruce can be used as an attractive decoration on terraces and balconies, it is a reminder in the truest sense of the word that there are still golden times after Christmas…

By the way: Sometimes we are asked why the small Oriental spruce is more expensive than the larger version. This does not seem logical. Admittedly, although prices are not always logical, the reasoning for this is clear: all compact forms of fir and spruce trees grow very slowly, which means a smaller plant usually has a much longer cultivation time than the normal form in the same pot, although the latter is then much larger. And time, which we know, means money. This parable can be interpreted this way when buying a compact, but even older plant: you are not only buying such a beautiful, long-term compact, slow-growing plant, but also…time. And what could be more valuable than that?
 
  • Flowering Period May
  • Final height 140cm to 160cm
  • Final width 120cm to 140cm
  • Available February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Use outdoors
  • Hardiness hardy
  • Soil heavy, moderately heavy, light, alkaline, slightly alkaline, neutral, acidic, slightly acidic
  • Location full sun
  • Flower Colour red
  • Leaf Colour mixed/striped, yellow, green

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