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Thuja plicata 'Stoneham Gold' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conifer or Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Leaf

Toxicity

Contact with foliage may irritate the skin

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Foliage

Bronze and Yellow in Winter
Yellow in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

western red cedar 'Stoneham Gold'

Family

Cupressaceae


Thuja are fast-growing evergreen trees of narrowly conical habit, with flat sprays of tiny, aromatic, scale-like leaves and small knobbly cones

'Stoneham Gold' is a slow-growing, compact, conical, evergreen conifer making a medium-sized shrub with dense sprays of bright golden-yellow foliage, tinged bronze in winter

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained soil. Protect from drying winds especially when young

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be attacked by scale insects

Diseases

May be subject to a canker