Golden Spanish Fir
Abies pinsapo 'Aurea'
Golden Spanish Fir
Abies pinsapo 'Aurea'
How are the heights measured?
All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.
What is a gallon container?
Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.
How does the delivery process work?
All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!
Why are some states excluded from shipping?
The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.
The Golden Spanish Fir is a unique and extraordinary fir tree, rarely offered but very sought after by experienced gardeners. It grows into a medium-sized evergreen specimen tree, with a narrow conical form and graceful habit. The needles are a glowing golden-yellow, which persists for almost the whole year, giving this tree a special lightness and golden charm. Although a variety that has been known for 150 years, it is rarely available, despite being easy to grow and undemanding. It forms an upright tree that will reach 15 and eventually 25 or more feet tall, yet it stays narrow and will only be around 8 feet wide at maturity. It makes a unique and striking specimen in the lawn, or in the background of your garden combined with other taller trees. This fine tree will be an eye-catching feature, easily grown anywhere with good rainfall and winter temperatures above minus 10 degrees.
- Beautiful golden-leaved evergreen needle tree
- Upright narrow conical lawn or garden specimen
- Grows well in all parts of the country with milder winters
- Easily grown yet rarely available
- Trouble-free growth in sun or partial shade
This is a trouble-free plant, yet strikingly beautiful. It will grow well in sun or partial shade in any moist soil that is not constantly wet. It does best in acid soils but it will grow in most ordinary garden soils across a large part of the country. It has no serious pests or diseases and this unique specimen will bring grace and charm to your garden, and it will definitely be the only one in your neighborhood. If you love the special and beautiful, but want an easy to grow specimen, this is the tree for you.
- Plant Hardiness Zones 6-8
- Mature Width 6-8
- Mature Height 15-25
- Sun Needs Full Sun, Partial Sun
There are several upright evergreens that make perfect lawn specimens, or look striking among other trees and large shrubs in the backdrop of your garden. Often gardeners choose the classic blue spruce for this, but there are some superior choices, and when it comes to unique beauty, few trees can beat the Golden Spanish Fir.
Many evergreen specimen trees grow best in cooler areas, but here is a tree that thrives in warmer regions. It is a unique and striking specimen, rarely seen in gardens, and at the Tree Center we are thrilled to have found a supply of this special tree. Unique and rare it may be, but hard to grow it is not. It will grow in a wide variety of conditions, and requires no special care, yet it is rarely available at garden centers and nurseries.
Appearance of the Golden Spanish Fir
The Golden Spanish Fir forms an upright, narrow conical tree around 15 feet tall, gradually growing taller and perhaps eventually reaching 25 or even 30 feet. It remains narrow and is only ever 8 to 10 feet wide at the most. It has a strong central trunk, with side branches that are almost horizontal and smaller branches that curve slightly downwards when mature. Each branch is completely circled with stiff needles about ¾ inch long.
What makes this tree so special and exciting goes beyond its graceful but powerful form. Every spring the red new buds expand and show beautiful golden yellow needles. This beautiful color is mostly on the upper surface of each needle, and persists well through spring, summer and fall. In colder areas, the needles may turn green over winter, but in milder places they keep their golden color all year round. Sometimes the color is almost white, making the tree look, as one gardener put it, ‘frosted with buttercream’.
Imagine how beautiful this golden tree will look rising gracefully from your lawn. Think of the lovely compliment it will make with other plants, especially those with blue or silver foliage. This truly is a one-off tree that is very special, highly valued by knowledgeable gardeners, yet easy to grow, and available right now.
History and Origins of Golden Spanish Fir Trees
The Spanish fir (Abies pinsapo) is the national tree of Andalusia and it grows wild in southern Spain and northern Morocco. It is usually found in mountainous regions, so it is adapted to cooler areas than we might think, coming from hot countries. It will grow with winter temperatures down to minus 10 degrees, so it is hardy across a wide sweep of the country, from the southern parts of the Great Lakes to Georgia and across to Colorado, northern California and Oregon. It grows best in areas with good rainfall, and although drought tolerant when established it is not a good choice for areas that are extremely hot and dry in summer.
The golden form of this tree was found in 1868 by the notable French nurseryman and botanist Adrien Sénéclauze, at his famous conifer nursery in Bourg-Argental, central France. It has always been considered an especially fine tree, but it is rarely available and usually seen only in the gardens of specialists.
Planting Your Golden Spanish Fir Tree
Plant your Golden Spanish Fir in a sunny or partially-shaded area. Light shade will maintain the golden color at its strongest, especially if that shade is in the afternoon. This tree is easily grown in any garden soil, but it prefers acid soils, and grows best in moist but well-drained soil. Water it well regularly for the first few growing seasons, until it becomes established. It will grow steadily at about 6 inches a year. The only special care needed is to watch that only one central stem develops. If you see two central stems of about the same height, remove the weaker one to keep a single stem, for the best appearance of your tree.
Buying Golden Spanish Fir at The Tree Center
The Golden Spanish Fir is a very special tree, rarely available to the public and yet easy to grow and extremely attractive. If you want something very special in your garden, then this is it. At the Tree Center, we have been able to obtain a limited number of specimens which we are proud to offer to our clients. This is no ordinary fir tree, and cheap seedling fir trees will never have its unique appearance. We expect high demand from knowledgeable gardeners, so order now while trees from our limited stock are still available! If you’re interested in this tree, or we are out of stock, make sure to also check out the Blue Spanish Fir.