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Eastern arborvitae Thuja occidentalis 'Sunkist'

Other plants called Eastern arborvitae:

Phonetic Spelling
THU-ya ock-sih-den-TAH-liss
Description

This arborvitae is a dense, broad, pyramidal plant that will adapt to a variety of growing conditions but prefers full sun to part shade in moist but well-drained soil.  In areas where the afternoon temperatures are extreme, some shade may be necessary.  Locating this plant in full shade will cause a decrease in foliage.  It needs protection against harsh winds.

'Sunkist' boasts lemon-yellow foliage in the spring.  In the winter the foliage will become more orange-yellow.  

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  This plant is frequently damaged by deer.  Leaf blight, leaf miner, canker, and bagworms may also affect this plant.  

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Thuja
    Species:
    occidentalis
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 5 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Habit/Form:
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3b, 3a, 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
    Red/Burgundy
    Bark Description:
    Bark on mature branches and trunks will exfoliate.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Typically single-trunked.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Lawn
    Patio
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Barrier
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen