Gold Arborvitae Spiral Topiary
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Zowie! When you need an evergreen that's evergold to bring a jubilant splash of color to your landscape, look no further than Gold Western Arborvitae. This sharp-looking (but soft to the touch) conifer offers cheerful, sunny yellow foliage all year round, even in the darkest depths of winter. In fall, the lacy sprays of foliage take on rich orange tints. Though it's handsome in its natural pyramidal form, our growers have taken it up a notch and shaped Gold Arborvitae into a fancy Spiral Topiary Tree. It will rise and glow like a flame in your landscape. Use it as a distinctive focal point, or plant a pair of trees on either side of your door to welcome your guests in high style.
- Hardiness Zone: 5-8
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Hmm... one of these things is not like the others! Gold Western Arborvitae originated at a Dutch nursery in 2002. Owner Andreas J.M. Luijten looked out at a crop of 'Martin' Arborvitae Trees one day and noticed that one didn't have green foliage like all the rest, but was a brilliant yellow. The new plant was just a lucky mutant that appeared by chance. Other Western Arborvitaes with gold variegation have been introduced in the past, but none has had such bright and long-lasting color. This exciting new plant has become very trendy and is a high demand by professional garden designers.
Western Arborvitae, or Western Red Cedar, is a forest tree native to the West Coast that is as beautiful and useful as lumber as it is as a landscape tree. You may know it by the refreshing, resinous scent of its wood (and foliage). When you trim your Gold Western Arborvitae Spiral Topiary Tree to maintain its neat curlicue form, you'll inhale its delightful, fresh Cedar fragrance.
How to Grow
A site in all-day sun will coax the brightest color from your Gold Arborvitae Spiral Topiary Tree. When it comes to soil, Gold Arborvitae is quite adaptable, although it won't tolerate extremely wet or extremely dry conditions. Mulch well to keep the root zone cool and moist. You will need to shear your tree at least once a year to help it keep its spiral form. Start at the bottom and slowly work your way to the top, stepping back often to check your work. Pests and diseases rarely bother Gold Arborvitae, and except for the periodic shearing, it is normally a carefree tree.
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