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Europe Gold Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'Europe Gold'

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Europe Gold Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Europe Gold') at New Garden Landscaping & Nursery

Europe Gold Arborvitae

Europe Gold Arborvitae

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Height:  15 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Eastern White Cedar

Description:

A wonderful selection for creating eye catching borders or garden accents; foliage emerges bright yellow-gold, over older foliage that progresses to green; very slow growing and full sun brings out its best features

Ornamental Features

Europe Gold Arborvitae has attractive gold foliage with hints of lime green which emerges yellow in spring. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and turn coppery-bronze in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Europe 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.

Europe Gold Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Europe Gold Arborvitae will grow to be about 15 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 approximately 30 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. 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.

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Articulation  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features