Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon'
is a hard one to get - and absolutely beautiful!! It has similar size
& growth characteristics as the Nigra Pyramidal Arborvitae, but is
just a bit smaller. Its foliage is a true 50/50 mix of
dark emerald green and super bright golden yellow - green on the inner
half, and golden on the outer half. When grown, this arborvitae is hard
to beat as far as striking beauty goes. Color is unbeatable in full sun locations - needs sun to display the vibrant yellow foliage.
Uses would include screens, tall border rows, or just as an outstanding
focal point or specimen tree.
Plant Facts & Specifications
Mature Height: 10-15 ft
Mature Width: 4-6 ft
Growth rate: Moderate to fast ( 6"-12" avg per yr )
Hardiness Zones: 4-9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade - good sun exposure needed for best color display.
Soil Preference: Average to moist & fertile, slightly sandy - well drained. Mulching highly recommended.
Foliage Color & Texture: Foliage has a bit of a "heavier" texture than many typical T.occidentalis varieties. Fanlike structure with bright lime green inner portions of the tree...........and an amazing display of golden yellow on the outer parts. Brilliant in full sun !!!
Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: Occasional cones have been observed on a few specimens, but typically not known to produce cones in any real amount worth mentioning.
Diseases / Insects: Bagworms and spider mites are the most common problems seen with this variety. But Yellow Ribbon has proven itself to be very, very resistant to most pests that are typically seen with Arborvitae. An occasional inspection every now & then is still recommended just to be safe.
Fertilization / Feeding: Either
water soluble ( Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or granular ( Holly Tone
is excellent ). Other granular types with 6-12-12, or 10-10-10 ratio is
acceptable. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall -
avoid feeding during hot summer months, and directly after