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Morgan's Chinese Arborvitae

Thuja orientalis 'Morgan'

This woody chameleon, native to Australia, is known for its exceptional ability to change foliage color. Its summer lime-green foliage turns deep purple in fall, followed by a fantastic rich orange color during the winter months. A favorite plant among dwarf conifer enthusiasts.
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Tolerates extremely dry to boggy wet conditions, provided drainage is adequate. Quite drought tolerant once established.


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Average Size at MaturityGrows 2 to 4 in. per year, reaching 3 ft. tall at 10 years.
Bloom TimeConifer; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasLike many dwarf conifers, this plant is fairly slow growing, which makes it perfect for smaller spaces in your garden.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorMulticolored
Growth HabitColumnar, Narrow
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Rock Garden, Specimen
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Dwarf Plant, Fall Color, Waterwise
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsTolerates extremely dry to boggy wet conditions, provided drainage is adequate. Quite drought tolerant once established.

Provide a well-drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Tolerates hot, dry summer conditions but performs best with humidity. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-8

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