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- Hardiness Zone: 5-8
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The StoryIt’s hard to believe, but Fire Chief™ Globe Arborvitae is an Eastern Arborvitae, just like Emerald Arborvitae and the Arbs that grow wild in the eastern U.S. and Canada. Although they look nothing alike, they’re the same species. Kind of like Chihuahuas and Great Danes. Fire Chief™ originated as a single branch mutation of an older Arborvitae selection called Rheingold. Rheingold has an orange cast to it at certain times of the year, but this one branch showed deeper red coloration over a longer period. The branch was propagated, and the new plant was introduced in 2007.
The DetailsFire Chief™ Arborvitae naturally forms a neat globe shape, even without pruning. This low-maintenance addition to your landscape will take up little of your time. It is also less likely to splay open than the older Rheingold variety, which has a weaker branching structure.
How to GrowGive Fire Chief™ Globe Arborvitae a site in all-day sun to bring out the richest tones in its foliage. Shade will turn the leaves green. It isn’t too fussy about soil, but the soil should drain well. Water regularly—especially during the first year or two of establishment—and mulch with shredded bark, wood chips, or pine straw to keep the root zone cool and moist. Little pruning will be needed, but you can give Fire Chief™ a light shaping you wish. This plant may struggle in the extreme heat and humidity of the Deep South.
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