Abies nordmaniana ‘Golden Spreader’

Golden Spreader Caucasian fir

  • © Richie Steffen - Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen - Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Golden Spreader Nordmann fir is a semi-dwarf evergreen conifer with brilliant golden foliage, at its best in light to open shade or morning sun with afternoon shade to protect it from the hot afternoon sun. As a young plant its habit is somewhat mounding with a flat, or even depressed, top. With maturity Golden Spreader becomes conical or pyramidal in shape with the advent of a slow growing terminal.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: light to open shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: year-round colorful foliage

Culture Notes
One needs to find the “Goldilocks” location; i.e., a site with enough sun to bring out the golden coloration of the needles, but not too much sun so as to burn the foliage; the planting spot needs to be “just right.” Plant in soil that is well-drained and water at least occasionally during dry periods.
Geek Notes
Discovered as a unique seedling at a nursery in Culemborg, a city in the Netherlands, and owned by S. N. Shoots. Sometime later it was introduced into cultivation by Konijn Nursery located in the city of Boskoop, also in the Netherlands.