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Douglas Golden Arborvitae*

Thuja occidentalis 'Douglasii Aurea'

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Douglas Golden Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Douglasii Aurea') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Douglas Golden Arborvitae

Douglas Golden Arborvitae

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  30 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Eastern White Cedar

Description:

A conical evergreen tree for home landscapes featuring dense golden foliage all year long; will grow quite tall; makes an ideal color accent for border areas, hardy and adaptable, takes pruning well; best with some sun, protect from drying winds

Ornamental Features

Douglas Golden Arborvitae has attractive gold foliage which emerges yellow in spring. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and turn yellow in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Douglas Golden Arborvitae is a dense evergreen tree with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree. 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.

Douglas Golden Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Hedges/Screening

Planting & Growing

Douglas Golden Arborvitae will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree 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.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Articulation  Screening 
Applications
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features