Skylands Oriental Spruce

October 4, 2009

Skylands oriental spruce

Skylands oriental spruce

Picea orientalis ‘Skylands’ This compact yellow needled oriental spruce is a great addition to the palette of colors that we can use in the Raleigh Durham area of North Carolina. There are a number of fine examples in the area. This tree requires morning sun to bring out the beautiful yellow color but needs afternoon shade to protect the needles from burning or falling off the top of the over-exposed branches. The color is really two toned as the needles of branches covered by other branches remain green. The yellow color on top of green gives the perception of depth and adds to the overall beauty of the tree. The tree grows in an upright pyramidal fashion. The only care that is required other than routine is that it is important to observe the yearly shoot development at the top of the tree. If the lead bud doesn’t ‘break’ then a secondary shoot needs to be trained upright, on a short piece of bamboo, sort of like a splint. ‘Skylands’ can be slow to gain momentum, but once it is established if it likes it site, it will grow well. Overall height in 10 years can be 15 ft by 6 to 8 ft wide.

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