Rheingold Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'Rheingold'

This dwarf evergreen shrub has bright golden foliage that turns to coppery gold in winter. Scale-like foliage appears in flat, fan-shaped clusters. An exceptional choice for rock gardens, and useful in borders or as a foundation plant. Makes a great low hedge in its natural form, or clipped for a formal look. Best foliage color in full sun.
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Water regularly- weekly or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical PronunciationTHOO-yuh ok-si-den-TAY-lis
Average Size at MaturityModerate grower, reaching 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide in ten years.
Bloom TimeConifer; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasHere is a fine choice for a low, sheared hedge that will offer golden foliage that has a lovely burnished look in winter. It makes a good divider between properties without blocking views.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorYellow
Garden StyleRustic
Growth HabitConical
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Hedge, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Specimen
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Extreme Cold Hardiness, North American Native Selection, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly- weekly or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsSmoke Tree (Cotinus); Spirea (Spiraea); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Rose (Rosa); Hydrangea (Hydrangea)

Grows easily in most soils; prefers evenly moist, well-drained loams. In hot summer areas, give light afternoon shade. Water regularly during first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Protect from harsh wind. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. Prune lightly, only as needed to shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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