This compact evergreen makes an interesting accent as a foundation plant or combined with other shrubs in the garden. Use it as the focal point with lower-growing shrubs and perennials for an attractive grouping in even small gardens.
It is a slow growing, coniferous, evergreen shrub with a pointed globe shape. It has green foliage that is tinged yellow in spring and in autumn it fades to green and bronze.
Genus - Thuja
Species - Orientalis Aurea
Common name - Golden Arborvitae
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 8
Height - 3-4' / 0,90 - 1,20 m
Spread - 2-4' / 0,60 - 1,20 m
Plant type - Shrub
Vegetation type - Evergreen Ornamental
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Slow
Soil PH - Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil type - Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
Water requirements - Average, moist
Landscape uses - Containers, Low Maintenance, Rock
Germination rate - 75%
Leaf / Flower color - Golden green / --
|Germination||1. Pour 1/4 cup of vermiculite or sand into a plastic sandwich bag. Add 3 tablespoons of water. Set the bag aside for 30 minutes to allow the vermiculite or sand to soak up the water.|
2. Drain excess water from the bag. Place arborvitae seeds in the planting medium or moist vermiculite. Seal the bag, and place it in the refrigerator for 60 days.
3. Pour moist seed-starting soil into a nursery flat. Insert craft sticks into each corner of the flat.
4. Sprinkle the contents of the plastic bag over the surface of the planting medium in the flat. Cover this layer with a 1/8-inch layer of sand or vermiculite. Place the flat into a plastic bag, and adjust it so that the sticks hold the plastic away from the planting medium. Set the flat in an area sheltered from direct sun. Keep the temperature between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The arborvitae seeds will germinate in 14 to 40 days.
5. Open the plastic bag when the seeds sprout. They need air circulation at this time, so make sure the bag is opened completely, but keep the flat inside the bag. Remove the flat from the bag when the seedlings have two sets of leaves. Place the flat in bright, but indirect, sunlight. (info source: eHow.com)