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Extra Gold Arborvitae*

Thuja plicata 'Extra Gold'

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Extra Gold Arborvitae (Thuja plicata 'Extra Gold') at Van Atta's Greenhouse

Extra Gold Arborvitae

Extra Gold Arborvitae

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  8 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Giant Arborvitae, Western Red Cedar

Description:

A radiant evergreen garden shrub, with a mounded pyramidal shape; features bright golden foliage fading to yellow green in summer, ideal for use as a year-round color accent in foundation plantings; performs best in moist, humid locations but adaptable

Ornamental Features

Extra Gold Arborvitae has attractive gold foliage which emerges coppery-bronze in spring. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and turn harvest gold in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Extra Gold Arborvitae is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Extra Gold Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Extra Gold Arborvitae will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Screening  Garden 
Applications
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features