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Picea glauca Rainbow's End

spruce 'Biesenthaler Frühling'

New growth is a stunning yellow colour

A delightful form of dwarf Alberta spruce growing slowly to 90cm (3ft) with a spread of 45cm (18ins). If forms a neat cone of soft clumps of green needles, tipped with bright green growth in spring. The second flush of new growth is bright yellow, lighting up the tips of the shoots like a small Christmas tree. A great plant for a small garden and an architectural contrast to the form of most other plants.


Plant in full sun at the front of border, on the rock garden, in gravel or scree, or in a pot or container. Ideal where space is limited.


Any well-drained fertile soil. Best surrounded with grit or gravel to protect foliage from wet and soil splash. Use a loam based compost with grit in pots. No pruning required. 

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Conifer
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering April - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 70 cm - 90 cm
Plant width 30 cm - 45 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 70 cm
Medicinal Yes
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Rock garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From January to December