Extra Gold Arborvitae
Thuja plicata 'Extra Gold'
Extra Gold Arborvitae
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Height: 8 feet
Spread: 10 feet
Hardiness Zone: 6a
Other Names: Giant Arborvitae, Western Red Cedar
A radiant evergreen garden shrub, with a mounded pyramidal shape; features bright golden foliage fading to yellow green in summer, ideal for use as a year-round color accent in foundation plantings; performs best in moist, humid locations but adaptable
Extra Gold Arborvitae has attractive gold foliage which emerges coppery-bronze in spring. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and turn harvest gold in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Extra Gold Arborvitae is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub 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 shrub. 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.
Extra Gold Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Extra Gold Arborvitae will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.
This shrub 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.
Disclaimer - This Plant Database is an online catalog representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact your favourite GardenWorks location directly for current availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit GardenWorks to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.