Skylands Spruce
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Skylands Spruce

Skylands Spruce

Gallon Size:
Gallon Size:
  • Young, affordable starter plant
  • May need to be transplanted into 3 gallon pot for more nurturing before planting into landscape
  • Healthy, mature plant
  • Ready to immediately be planted into landscape
  • Large healthy plant
  • Ready to immediately be planted into landscape

Picea orientalis 'Skylands'


This cultivar of Caucasian spruce was stumbled upon growing randomly at Skyland gardens, part of the New Jersey Botanical Gardens. The Skylands spruce has robust upright symmetrical growth. New foliage is a bright yellow in spring and turns gold, contrasting beautifully with older, interior dark green growth. Cherry red seed cones emerge, adding another layer of beauty. Protect from afternoon sun. Once mature, the plants are very tolerant of full sun. A stunning centerpiece in a large space.

Joseph's Take

Joseph's Take

Skylands grows extremely slowly and is very showy year round. Its yellow tipped needles like a little afternoon protection from the hot summer sun in southern states. I like to use dark green and low growing plants as accents to this speciman. Unravaled or weeping boxwood is my favorite. 

Hardiness Map
Mature Height: 15'
Mature Width: 5'
Flower Season: Does not flower
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Hardiness Zone: 4 to 8
This plant is suitable for the low temperates below:
Temp (F)
Temp (C)
-30 to -20
-34.4 to -28.9
-20 to -10
-28.9 to -23.3
-10 to 0
-23.3 to -17.8
0 to 10
-17.8 to -12.2
10 to 20
-12.2 to -6.7