Thuja orientalis aurea (Gold Arborvitae) is a cultivar of Thuja orientalis, a species of evergreen tree. Gold Arborvitae is a compact evergreen tree with a dense, conical or pyramidal shape. It typically grows to a height of 2 to 4 meters (6 to 13 feet) with a spread of 1 to 2 meters (3 to 6 feet). The foliage consists of scale-like leaves that are golden yellow to chartreuse in color, creating a vibrant and eye-catching display.
Cultivation: Gold Arborvitae is highly valued for its striking foliage color and compact growth habit, making it a popular choice for ornamental gardens, landscapes, and containers. It is often used as a focal point, accent plant, or hedge. It prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil.
Characteristics: The golden yellow foliage of Gold Arborvitae adds a bright and warm element to the landscape. The leaves retain their color throughout the year, providing year-round visual interest. The tree's branches are typically densely packed, creating a full appearance.
Environmental Role: Like other Arborvitae trees, Gold Arborvitae provides habitat, cover, and nesting sites for birds and small mammals. It also contributes to soil stability and erosion control with its dense root system.
Uses: Gold Arborvitae is primarily cultivated for its ornamental value. Its vibrant foliage color adds contrast and visual appeal to garden designs. It can be used as a specimen tree, in group plantings, or as a low hedge or screen.
Maintenance: Gold Arborvitae is generally low-maintenance. Regular watering, especially during dry periods, is necessary for its establishment and optimal growth. Pruning can be done to maintain its shape or control its size if necessary.
Conservation Status: Since Gold Arborvitae is a cultivar derived from Thuja orientalis, the conservation status of the species as a whole applies. Thuja orientalis is not currently considered a threatened species.
Botanical Name : Thuja orientalis aurea
Common Name : Gold Arborvitae
Height : 18-25ft
Spread : 15 ft
Germination Info : Seed does not require a pre-treatment
Hardiness zone : 6-10
Average seed per ounce : Approx. 1563