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Golden Western Arborvitae*

Thuja plicata 'Aurea'

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Golden Western Arborvitae (Thuja plicata 'Aurea') at Jared's Nursery, Gift and Garden

Golden Western Arborvitae foliage

Golden Western Arborvitae foliage

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Golden Western Arborvitae (Thuja plicata 'Aurea') at Jared's Nursery, Gift and Garden

Golden Western Arborvitae

Golden Western Arborvitae

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

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

Height:  40 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Giant Arborvitae, Western Red Cedar

Description:

A beautiful upright tree with sprays of soft yellow foliage throughout summer and interesting shaggy reddish bark; makes a great color accent choice for the home landscape, performs best in moist, humid environments but adaptable

Ornamental Features

Golden Western Arborvitae has attractive yellow foliage. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and turn harvest gold in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Western Arborvitae is an evergreen tree with a strong central leader and 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 tree. 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.

Golden Western Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Golden Western Arborvitae will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree 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
Accent  Shade  Articulation 
Applications
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features