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Polar Gold® Arborvitae Thuja occidentalis

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Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Fall
  • Winter
Mature Size
180" 72"
Height
144 - 180"
Spread
48 - 72"

This plant is hardy in zones 3 - 7

Hardy Zones

Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.

  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
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    Features

    Space saving and colorful!

    A living fence of arborvitae is always nice, but some varieties take up a lot of yours (and your neighbor's) yard space. Polar Gold® arborvitae naturally grows with a narrow, space-saving habit, so you can achieve the same effect in a small area. New growth emerges a cheerful glowing gold color, which persists year-round. 

    Though arborvitae is not deer resistant, it's an outstanding native evergreen for those struggling with shaded conditions. Very hardy, too!

    Top reason to grow Polar Gold® arborvitae:

    - space saving habit

    - evergreen, with colorful yellow leaf tips all year

    - Thrives even in chilly USDA zone 3

    Foliage Interest
    Fall Interest
    Winter Interest
    Native to North America

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Evergreen
    Height Category: 
    Tall
    Garden Height: 
    144 - 180 Inches
    Spacing: 
    48 - 72 Inches
    Spread: 
    48 - 72 Inches
    Foliage Colors: 
    Yellow
    Foliage Shade: 
    Yellow
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Good for Screening
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Mass Planting
    Uses: 
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    Arborvitae are a classic choice for hedges and screening, but they also make excellent specimen plants, additions to perennial borders or other gardens, or even in containers for an evergreen accent.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Polar Gold arborvitae naturally grows as a dense, narrow pyramid, so little to no pruning is required. If you do wish to prune, do so in late spring/early summer, after the new growth has emerged. Avoid cutting into any very thick stems unless you are removing them entirely, as this can leave an unsightly hole in the plant and recovery from such cuts is typically slow. 

    Polar Gold® Thuja occidentalis 'SMTOYB' USPP 25,388, Can PBRAF
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