Thuja occidentalis 'Rheingold'
small to medium sized, globe shaped evergreen. Heavy bronzer - it's very showy, rich
deep golden foliage turns coppery to brownish yellow in the winter. No
pruning is needed, it will not become overgrown. It's a good accent
plant in your landscape, and can also be used very effectively in
container gardening. Moderate to fast growth - one of our favorites!!
Change of color from the bright yellow of spring & summer to the dark golden copper shade of winter also gives an attractive change of pace & seasonal interest.
Plant Facts & Specifications
--Mature Height: 4 - 5 feet
--Mature Width: 3 - 5 feet
--Growth rate: Moderate ( 6" - 10" avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones: 4 - 9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
--Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade - best color in full sun
--Soil Preference: Average, slightly moist - but well drained
--Foliage Color & Texture: Very soft textured juvenile type foliage with good yellow / golden coloration on the exterior of the plant. Interior foliage sections are a bright lime green color.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: N/A
--Diseases / Insects: Spider mites have been observed on this variety, but are EXTREMELY rare. Interior and lower foliage can be susceptible to rot if kept too wet. Also seems to be somewhat sensitive to being urinated on by dogs, etc.
--Fertilization / Feeding:
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.