Oriental Spruce 'Skylands'

Picea orientalis

Family: Pinaceae (py-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Picea (PY-see-uh) (Info)
Species: orientalis (or-ee-en-TAY-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Skylands
Additional cultivar information:(aka Aurea Compacta)




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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


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Grown for foliage


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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Santa Rosa, California

Louisville, Kentucky

Niles, Michigan

Cincinnati, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio

Galena, Ohio

Mansfield, Ohio

Lebanon, Oregon

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Fairfax, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

Bainbridge Island, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 11, 2016, Engarden from Santa Rosa, CA wrote:

In a park in downtown Santa Rosa, ca. Is an old columnar specimen of oriental spruce possibly dating to Luther Burbank days. My own young trees of the regular form were easily started from cuttings from someone's tree. They are doing o.k. in my drier area of poor soil, but slow growing. Not very drought Hardy when young. The tree doesn't take up much space. Great for small gardens. I've not seen this tree growing anywhere else, except perhaps in botanic gardens. The tiny dark green needles are arranged so perfectly as to look artificial , and in the Spring the contrast with the new chartreuse growth is very beautiful. If you've heard the expression " spruce things up " I imagine it would refer to beautifying with boughs of this tree.


On Apr 9, 2012, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This tree was presented to me by a landscaper as a substitute for another tree that I had requested, and I've become very attached to it! The shape and color seemed unappealing at first, but in the landscape it provides just enough of a glow to catch the eye in all four seasons. Additionally, the shape of the tree is narrow and open, which is an interesting contrast to the typical conifer.

I saw a few of these in an arboretum and they were suffering due to intense heat and light; mine is in a woodland garden that is partially shaded, the soil is high in humus and never dries out entirely, and it is sheltered from wind. For a conifer, it's growing rapidly, and I rarely fertilize.


On Jun 4, 2008, labslover from Galena, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have been nursing mine along for 2 years now. I did raise it up this past fall thinking that it was too wet in my clay soil. Also protected it from the winter wind (it's 4' tall). This spring it looks great! I love this pine as a specimen plant.


On Jan 8, 2007, tinyrubies from Coos Bay, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Another interesting conifer for the dreary, rainy winter Oregon landscape. I can see this from my living room window and it practically glows with it's yellow accents. Planted on a slope in clay soil, it seems to be doing well in zone 8.


On Mar 9, 2006, conifers from Rock Island, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This Intermediate to Large-Growing selection grows anywhere from 6-12 inches as a 10 year specimen, and begins growing 12 inches plus per year soon thereafter. When young, this cultivar needs partial sun or dappled light. It's bright red cones in early Spring and it's contrasting yellow over dark green foliage give this plant outstanding characteristics. When grafted, it will form a plant as pictured.