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Fire Chief Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'Congabe'

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Fire Chief Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Congabe') at Bachman's Landscaping

Fire Chief Arborvitae

Fire Chief Arborvitae

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Fire Chief Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Congabe') at Bachman's Landscaping

Fire Chief Arborvitae

Fire Chief Arborvitae

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  American Arborvitae, Eastern White Ceder

Description:

Distinctive in the landscape for color, showy reddish foliage at the tips when grown in full sun; tends to be more greenish-orange when shaded. Best when protect from drying winds. Also available grown on a standard.

Ornamental Features

Fire Chief Arborvitae has attractive indian red-tipped green foliage which emerges red in spring. The needles are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Fire Chief Arborvitae is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. 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.

Fire Chief Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Fire Chief Arborvitae will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 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 microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features