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Zebrina Extra Gold Arborvitae

Thuja plicata 'Zebrina Extra Gold'

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Zebrina Extra Gold Arborvitae (Thuja plicata 'Zebrina Extra Gold') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Zebrina Extra Gold Arborvitae foliage

Zebrina Extra Gold Arborvitae foliage

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Height:  25 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Giant Arborvitae, Western Red Cedar

Description:

A stunning accent tree which features dark green 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

Zebrina Extra Gold Arborvitae has attractive yellow-variegated dark green foliage. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Zebrina Extra Gold 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.

Zebrina Extra Gold Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Zebrina Extra Gold Arborvitae will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 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.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade  Articulation 
Applications
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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