Skylands Oriental spruce

Picea orientalis 'Skylands'

You can't help but notice the golden glow of this tree in the landscape. The needles emerge a vivid yellow that softens to gold as the season progresses. The dense, pyramidal form and golden foliage would work in endless plant combinations in the landscape. 

Power Line Approved: No

Min. street tree planting width: 12 feet

Mature Height: 40-50 feet

Mature Spread: 20 feet

Tree Shape: Pyramidal

Where to Plant:
Excellent yard tree. Plant in groups for screening. 

Short bright yellow needles on the outside fade to gold as the season progresses. Good contrast to the darker needles in the canopy interior. 

Red pollen bearing cones provide great contrast to yellow foliage. Seed bearing cones are purple maturing to brown.

Preferred Site Conditions:
Morning sun, afternoon shade. Prefers moist well drained soils. Drought tolerant once established.

Potential Problems:
No serious insect or disease problems. Protect from hot, late day sun.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 15 feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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