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Franky Boy Arborvitae

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Franky Boy Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Franky Boy’)This exquisite variety produces threadlike branches with tiny scale like leaves that are bright yellow-green; puts on a dramatic winter show when the outer edges of the plant turn a rusty bronze color; makes a great garden accent or low hedge

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
4 feet
Average Landscape Width:
3 feet
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Thuja
Species:
orientalis
Cultivar:
Franky Boy
Summer Foliage Color:
chartreuse
Fall Color:
copper
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
oval
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
only prune new growth
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
Platycladus orientalis
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Evergreen:
1
Density:
dense

Ornamental Features

Franky Boy Arborvitae is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its decidedly oval form. It has chartreuse evergreen foliage which emerges yellow in spring. The threadlike sprays of foliage turn coppery-bronze in the fall, which persists throughout the winter. The shaggy antique red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Franky Boy Arborvitae is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a shapely oval form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Franky Boy Arborvitae will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. 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. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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