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Sunkist Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'Sunkist'

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Sunkist Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'Sunkist'

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Tolerates Alkaline Soil

Botanical Name

Thuja occidentalis 'Sunkist'

Outdoor Growing zone


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Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun

The Sunkist Arborvitae is a very hardy evergreen, with beautiful golden foliage all year round. It is at its brightest in spring, but it will hold the color well all through winter. It grows at a moderate rate to quickly reach 6 to 10 feet tall, and around 5 feet wide. It has an upright, pyramidal habit, and it makes a perfect specimen for a lawn, part of the planting around your home, or as a background plant in beds. It can also be used for a colorful hedge or screen, clipping easily into a dense structure. This easy-to-grow plant brings vibrant color to your garden 365 days of the year, and it is much easier to use colored foliage plants instead of constantly planting short-lived flowers.

  • Golden foliage brings a glow to your garden
  • Very hardy, the best golden evergreen for cold areas
  • Forms a 10-foot-tall specimen in a few years
  • easily grown in urban conditions
  • Thrives in full sun

Plant the Sunkist Arborvitae in a sunny place for the best foliage color. It is hardy in zone 3 with shelter from winds, or fully hardy in zones 4 to 8. It will grow in almost any soil, including clay, and tolerates damp conditions well. It can be clipped into formal shapes or a hedge – or left to develop its own character as a rounded, dense, upright evergreen. It has no significant pests or diseases, and this plant is easily grown by anyone, yet it is eye-catching and vibrant in every garden. Rich foliage colors bring warmth and interest to the simplest garden.

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