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Yellow Ribbon Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon'

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Yellow Ribbon Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon') at Bachman's Landscaping

Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon'

Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon'

(Photo courtesy of Northscaping.com)

Yellow Ribbon Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon') at Bachman's Landscaping

Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon' in fall

Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon' in fall

(Photo courtesy of Northscaping.com)

Height: 8 feet

Spread: 3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 3

Other Names: American Arborvitae, Eastern White Cedar

Description:

A compact, upright evergreen shrub featuring dense foliage emerging orange and turning green over the summer; ideal size for small-scale articulation and as a garden color accent, hardy and adaptable; best with some sun, protect from drying winds

Ornamental Features:

Yellow Ribbon Arborvitae has attractive gold foliage. The scale-like leaves are ornamentally significant and turn an outstanding harvest gold in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The shaggy indian red bark is not particularly outstanding.

Landscape Attributes:

Yellow Ribbon Arborvitae is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep. 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.

Yellow Ribbon Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Plant Characteristics:

Yellow Ribbon Arborvitae will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. 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 zones.

This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
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