Golden Arborvitae 12-18 inches
Golden arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Sunkist') is a popular cultivar of the arborvitae tree, which is native to North America. This evergreen tree is known for its dense, conical shape and bright golden-yellow foliage. The foliage of the golden arborvitae is soft to the touch and provides a striking contrast to other green foliage in a landscape.
The golden arborvitae is a slow-growing tree that can reach a height of 10-15 feet (3-4.5 meters) and a width of 3-5 feet (1-1.5 meters) at maturity.
This tree is commonly used as a specimen plant in landscapes, but it can also be planted in groups for a dramatic effect. It is often used as a privacy screen or as a natural fence. Because of its slow growth rate, it requires little pruning or maintenance once established. It likes full sun to partial shade and well-draining soil.
Golden arborvitae is generally resistant to most pests and diseases, making it a low-maintenance and hardy option for gardeners. However, strong winds and heavy snowfall may be susceptible to damage. In such cases, it is needful to provide support to prevent damage to the tree.
There are several advantages to planting golden arborvitae in your landscape. Here are a few:
Beautiful foliage: The golden arborvitae has bright golden-yellow foliage that adds a pop of color to any landscape. The soft, feathery foliage provides year-round interest and can create a stunning contrast to other green foliage in your garden.
Low maintenance: The golden arborvitae is a slow-growing tree that requires little pruning or maintenance once established. It is generally resistant to most pests and diseases, making it an easy and hassle-free addition to your landscape.
Versatility: This tree is versatile and can be planted as a specimen plant or in groups to create a privacy fence or natural screen. Its conical shape, and dense foliage make it an excellent choice for adding structure and interest to your garden.
Hardy: The golden arborvitae is hardy in USDA zones 3-7 and can withstand cold temperatures and harsh weather conditions. It can also tolerate various soil types and pH levels, making it adaptable to different growing conditions.
Environmental benefits: Like all trees, the golden arborvitae provides ecological benefits such as producing oxygen, reducing carbon dioxide levels, and providing a habitat for birds and other wildlife.
Overall, the golden arborvitae is a beautiful and hardy tree that can provide year-round interest to any landscape with minimal maintenance.
This tree is Non-Native.