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Forever Goldy Arborvitae

Thuja plicata '4ever'

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Forever Goldy Arborvitae (Thuja plicata '4ever') at Woldhuis Farms Sunrise Greenhouses

Forever Goldy Arborvitae foliage

Forever Goldy Arborvitae foliage

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Forever Goldy Arborvitae (Thuja plicata '4ever') at Woldhuis Farms Sunrise Greenhouses

Forever Goldy Arborvitae

Forever Goldy Arborvitae

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  4ever Goldy Arborvitae, Western Red Cedar

Description:

A stunning accent tree which features rich golden sprays of foliage generously flecked with yellow and a narrow upright pyramidal habit; an excellent choice for color accent or articulation, performs best in moist, humid locations, but is adaptable

Ornamental Features

Forever Goldy Arborvitae has attractive yellow-variegated gold foliage. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and turn coppery-bronze in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Forever Goldy Arborvitae is a dense evergreen tree 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 tree. 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.

Forever Goldy Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Forever Goldy Arborvitae will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree 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.

 
 
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Accent  Articulation 
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Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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