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Aurea Magnifica Norway Spruce

Picea abies 'Aurea Magnifica'

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Aurea Magnifica Norway Spruce (Picea abies 'Aurea Magnifica') at Wasco Nursery

Aurea Magnifica Norway Spruce foliage

Aurea Magnifica Norway Spruce foliage

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Aurea Magnifica Norway Spruce (Picea abies 'Aurea Magnifica') at Wasco Nursery

Aurea Magnifica Norway Spruce

Aurea Magnifica Norway Spruce

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  35 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Golden Norway Spruce, Norwegian Spruce


An attractive form of this popular spruce with glossy yellow-green needles in summer; intense yellow gold in winter and early spring; a fine color accent tree when set off against the other greenery in your yard

Ornamental Features

Aurea Magnifica Norway Spruce has attractive chartreuse foliage which emerges yellow in spring. The needles are highly ornamental and remain chartreuse throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Aurea Magnifica Norway Spruce is a dense evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Aurea Magnifica Norway Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Hedges/Screening

Planting & Growing

Aurea Magnifica Norway Spruce will grow to be about 35 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Articulation  Screening 
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features