Filips Magic Moment ArborvitaeThuja occidentalis 'Filips Magic Moment'
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Thuja occidentalis 'Filips Magic Moment'
Outdoor Growing zone
Full Sun, Partial Sun
If you are looking for an evergreen shrub that is smaller, but still majestic and offers year-round color, then look no further than Filips Magic Moment Arborvitae. This hardy conifer brightens any landscape even in winter with its golden yellow foliage. This slow-growing Arborvitae reaches around 6 to 8 feet tall at maturity and with a mature width of around 1 to 3 feet, making it a great choice for landscapes that are not large.
For the best growth and performance, plant Filips Magic Moment Arborvitae in a location that receives full to partial sun throughout the day. If your summers have a tendency to be hot and dry, the shrub will appreciate a site that receives some shade during the hot afternoon hours. However, if you plant the Arborvitae in a site situated in full shade, it will lose some of its dense fullness and not be as attractive as when grown in a sunnier location.
Filips Magic Moment Arborvitae takes on a neat pyramidal shape and its narrow width makes it the perfect option to fill those smaller spaces in the garden. The evergreen conifer’s airy foliage is green on the inside with the outer portions an eye-catching golden yellow. It retains its golden color year-round, bringing color and interest to even the bleakest winter gardens.
Gardeners living in USDA planting zone 3 will not have to worry about this shrub handling their extreme winter lows, as Filips Magic Moment Arborvitae is winter resistant and stands up to what Old Man Winter throws at it like a true champ. Of course, if your location has a tendency to receive strong winter winds, you might want to plant this evergreen in a location with a bit of protection. You also can add a layer of mulch around the roots to help keep them warm and insulated during winter’s rough patches. Locations warmer that what is found in USDA planting zone 7 are generally too warm for this shrub to thrive properly.
Filips Magic Moment Arborvitae reaches its mature height and width at a slow rate of speed, so it will not grow out of control overnight. In addition, this shrub will grow just as well planted in the city as it will in more rural locations. If tending to fussy plants is not your thing, then Filips Magic Moment is the choice for you as its maintenance requirements are very low, when grown in preferred conditions. In fact, it requires very little to no pruning as it keeps its shape.
However, if you do want to do a bit of shaping, it is best to do that chore during early summer. The only major maintenance you’ll have to do to keep your Filips Magic Moment Arborvitae thriving is to fertilize in springtime with a blend made for trees. Other than that, it should grace your landscape with its eye-catching and colorful beauty for years to come.
Filips Magic Moment Arborvitae’s durability, smaller size and colorful foliage have it fulfilling a variety of needs in the garden. If you have an area that loses its greenery and turns dull during fall and winter, then this shrub is the perfect addition to brighten the area with its golden yellow foliage. It also adds texture and appeal added to mixed gardens where most of the plants offer only green foliage.
Spruce up an entranceway by planting one of these upright conifers on each side, giving a colorful and welcoming appeal to the area. Filips Magic Moment Arborvitae’s tight columnar habit makes it a great addition used as a screening plant or specimen in gardens that are narrow. It also works well used as a maintenance-free hedge.
Another attribute is Filips Magic Moment Arborvitae performs well when grown in large containers, adding interest and appeal to patios or an entranceway. Just be sure to use a container large enough to handle the shrub and has bottom drain holes so you avoid problems with rot due to soil conditions that are too wet. Wherever you decide to use this Arborvitae in your garden or landscape, you are sure to bring a bright, cheery and long-lasting appeal to the area.
When considering an appropriate location to plant your Filips Magic Moment Arborvitae, select an area that receives full to partial sun throughout the day. If your environment has a tendency to become hot and dry during summer, the shrub will appreciate a location receiving partial sun during the hottest portions of the afternoon. Although the Arborvitae grows well in a variety of soils (provided they drain well), you’ll get the best performance planting in well-drained, fertile soils that are deep and do not remain soggy. You can amend the site’s soil by working in well-rotten manure or compost before planting. In container plantings, use a rich potting mix that drains well.
Once established, Filips Magic Moment Arborvitae is relatively tolerant to drought, but for the best growth, water regularly during the first season of growth. Depending on your local weather conditions, this might call for watering several times each week and containers typically dry out faster than plants grown in the landscape. In addition, if you are planting multiple Filips Magic Moment Arborvitae to create a hedge or screen, consider their mature width when spacing. Allow enough space between multiple plants so they receive a proper amount of air circulation, which cuts down on potential disease problems.
In 2000, Edwin Johannes Arnoldes Smits of the Netherlands discovered Filips Magic Moment as a naturally occurring branch mutation on a Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’. It received its registered plant (USPP 21,974) in June 2011, which means asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent. Our Filips Magic Moment Arborvitaes have been raised their entire life being carefully cared for in a nursery environment. This means you are receiving healthy shrubs that will thrive in your landscape for many years.