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Polar Gold® Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'SMTOYB'

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Polar Gold® Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'SMTOYB') at Fernwood Garden Center

Polar Gold® Arborvitae

Polar Gold® Arborvitae

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Polar Gold® Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'SMTOYB') at Fernwood Garden Center

Polar Gold® Arborvitae foliage

Polar Gold® Arborvitae foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  15 feet

Spacing:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Eastern White Cedar

Brand:  Proven Winners

Description:

A narrow, conical evergreen shrub for home landscapes that retains dense golden foliage all year long; makes an ideal color accent for garden areas, hardy and adaptable, best time to prune is Nov-March, June & July; best with some sun, protect from winds

Ornamental Features

Polar Gold® Arborvitae has attractive gold-tipped forest green foliage which emerges yellow in spring. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain forest green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Polar Gold® 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.

Polar Gold® Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Polar Gold® Arborvitae will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 4 feet apart. 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  Articulation  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features