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    Fire Chief™ Arborvitae

    Thuja occidentalis 'Congabe'

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    Fire Chief Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Congabe') at Hartman Companies

    Fire Chief™ Arborvitae

    Fire Chief™ Arborvitae

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Fire Chief Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Congabe') at Hartman Companies

    Fire Chief™ Arborvitae foliage

    Fire Chief™ Arborvitae foliage

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Fire Chief Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Congabe') at Hartman Companies

    Fire Chief™ Arborvitae

    Fire Chief™ Arborvitae

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  5 feet

    Spread:  5 feet

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  3

    Other Names:  Eastern White Cedar

    Brand:  Southern Living

    Description:

    A distinctive landscape evergreen for color effect, featuring showy reddish foliage at the tips when grown in full sun; tends to be more greenish-orange when shaded; excellent for color accent use in home gardens and landscapes; protect from drying winds

    Ornamental Features

    Fire Chief™ Arborvitae is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its ornamental globe-shaped form. It has attractive antique red-tipped green foliage which emerges red in spring. The sprays of foliage are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter.

    Landscape Attributes

    Fire Chief™ Arborvitae is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded 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.

    Fire Chief™ Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

    Planting & Growing

    Fire Chief™ Arborvitae will grow to be about 5 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
    Characteristics
    Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
    Applications
    Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
    Ornamental Features
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