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Yellow Ribbon Arborvitae

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Yellow Ribbon Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Yellow Ribbon’)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

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
10 feet
Average Landscape Width:
5 feet
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Thuja
Species:
occidentalis
Cultivar:
Yellow Ribbon
Summer Foliage Color:
gold
Fall Color:
harvest
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
columnar
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
only prune new growth
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
Eastern White Cedar
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Evergreen:
1
Density:
dense

Ornamental Features

Yellow Ribbon Arborvitae is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its rigidly columnar form. It has attractive gold evergreen foliage. The scale-like sprays of foliage are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding harvest gold in the fall, which persists throughout the winter.

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.

Planting & Growing

Yellow Ribbon Arborvitae will grow to be about 10 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.

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