• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 8 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide in 10 years; reaches 20 ft. with age.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:THEW-ya ok-si-den-TAY-lis
    Plant type:Conifer, Shrub
    Growth habit:Columnar, Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Reaches 8 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide in 10 years; reaches 20 ft. with age.
    Foliage color:Yellow
    Blooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.
    Garden styleMediterranean, Rustic
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Companion PlantsSmoke Tree (Cotinus); Rose (Rosa); Daylily (Hemerocallis)Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Spirea (Spiraea)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in deep, enriched, evenly moist, well-drained soil; dislikes dry conditions. Mulch around the root zone and shelter from drying winds. Water deeply and regularly during first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. Pruning is seldom necessary.Pruning time: spring, only as needed to maintain size.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    This selection is a sport of Emerald Green Arborvitae (Thuja 'Smaragd'), found to have brighter, more intense yellow gold foliage and a tight uniform habit, with the ability to hold its color year-round, without burning in summer heat, if soil is kept evenly moist. Introduced by PlantHaven International, Santa Barbara, California.


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