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    Sunkist Arborvitae

    Thuja occidentalis 'Sunkist'

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    Sunkist Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Sunkist') at Hartman Companies

    Sunkist Arborvitae

    Sunkist Arborvitae

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Sunkist Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Sunkist') at Hartman Companies

    Sunkist Arborvitae foliage

    Sunkist Arborvitae foliage

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  7 feet

    Spread:  5 feet

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  3

    Other Names:  Eastern White Cedar


    A brilliant evergreen shrub for home landscapes, maintains a dense, compact pyramid shape without pruning, features bright golden foliage all year long, makes a great color accent; hardy and adaptable, best with adequate sun, protect from drying winds

    Ornamental Features

    Sunkist Arborvitae has chartreuse foliage which emerges yellow in spring. The scale-like leaves turn harvest gold in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Sunkist 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.

    Sunkist Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Accent
    • Vertical Accent
    • Mass Planting
    • Hedges/Screening
    • General Garden Use

    Planting & Growing

    Sunkist Arborvitae will grow to be about 7 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 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 approximately 30 years.

    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.

    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Accent  Articulation  Massing  Screening  Garden 
    Plant Form  Winter Value 
    Ornamental Features
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