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Grune Kugel Arborvitae

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A real gem of an evergreen shrub, forming a compact egg-shaped mound; features dark green foliage that attains a purplish cast in winter; ideal for use as an interesting detail accent in the shrub or rock garden; performs best in moist, humid locations

Characteristics

Species:
plicata
Other Species Names:
Green Mirror Western Red Cedar
Average Landscape Height:
4 feet
Average Landscape Width:
4 feet
Genus:
Thuja
Cultivar:
Grune Kugel
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Evergreen:
1
Plant Form:
oval
Canopy:
closed
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
slow
Pruning:
only prune new growth
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
plum
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Grune Kugel Arborvitae is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its decidedly oval form. It has dark green evergreen foliage. The scale-like sprays of foliage turn an outstanding plum purple in the fall, which persists throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Grune Kugel 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

Grune Kugel Arborvitae will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

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.

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