Picea abies Gold Drift

Available early May

Picea abies Gold Drift

Golden Norway Spruce

Picea abies ‘Gold Drift’ adds colour to the garden in whatever shape and boundaries the gardener allows it to have.  Early spring brings bright lime green new growth.  The foliage that is fully exposed to the sun turns a vibrant yellow in late spring and summer.  The brilliance continues until winter when the color becomes more subdued.  It can be allowed to ramble as a ground-cover, drape over rock walls, as we have done in the display garden, or become a garden feature when staked upright.

  • Height: 4-5 m (12-15 ft if staked)
  • Spread: varies with culture
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 3
  • Sun or Shade: sun to light shade
  • Foliage Colour: gold
  • Shape: weeping

Growing and Maintenance Tips

'Gold Drift' prefers well drained soil in full to part sun.  The colour tends to be brighter in full sun but it can cause burning.  Some protection from hot afternoon sun seems to work the best in our area.