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Amber Gold Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'Amber Gold'

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Amber Gold Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Amber Gold') at Cole's Florist & Garden Centre

Amber Gold Arborvitae

Amber Gold Arborvitae

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Amber Gold Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Amber Gold') at Cole's Florist & Garden Centre

Amber Gold Arborvitae foliage

Amber Gold Arborvitae foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  15 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Eastern White Cedar

Description:

A striking upright evergreen shrub for home landscapes, maintains a dense, compact shape without pruning, features stunning yellow-green foliage that turns amber in winter; hardy and adaptable, best with adequate sun, protect from drying winds

Ornamental Features

Amber Gold Arborvitae has attractive chartreuse foliage which emerges yellow in spring. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain chartreuse throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Amber Gold Arborvitae is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. 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.

Amber Gold Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Amber Gold Arborvitae will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 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 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.

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