Golden Tuffet Arborvitae

September 4, 2009

'Golden Tuffet' Arborvitae

'Golden Tuffet' Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis ‘Golden Tuffet’ is a relatively newer cultivar that can make an interesting, neat and colorful addition to the conifer garden, or even foundation planting. Reportedly a sport or mutation off of ‘Rheingold’ arborvitae, Golden Tuffet grows much slower and in a more uniform manner. The needles are arranged on short shoots that keep on dividing yielding a plant that grows much more wide than tall. Another advantage of this plant’s growth pattern is that the continuing dividing shoots makes for a sturdy plant. This plant does not splay like some similar plants. The color is between orange, chartreuse, and yellow. The exact color depends on how much sun the plant gets. In part shade, ‘Golden Tuffet ‘ is more of a green orange in NC ; in full sun, it is more orange. Winter color can be beautiful with orange and even some pink coloration during the season change. Even after several years growing in the nursery Golden Tuffet will be 2 ft tall by 4 ft across. Propagation is relatively easy in the winter months with hormone, mist and bottom heat if available.

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