Thuja occidentalis 'Sherwood Frost'
growing, semi dwarf arborvitae - 4 to 6 feet at maturity with a spread
of only 3 ft. Has an upright growth habit. Foliage pattern is very
similar to Emerald Green Arb., with the base color being a lighter
green. The foliage tips are brushed a creamy-white color making this
plant look almost variegated. A very unusual, beautiful arborvitae.
Excellent as an accent plant. Creamy white accents are most intense
during both early spring, and throughout the fall seasons.
Cream colored variegation / highlights are very similar to that of Wansdyke Silver - main difference being that the base foliage color is a brighter, medium green on Sherwood Frost....versus the darker deeper green of Wansdyke Silver.
Plant Facts & Specifications
--Mature Height: 5 - 6 ft
--Mature Width:3 - 4 ft
--Growth rate: Slow to moderate ( 4"- 8" avg per yr )
--Sun Exposure: Full to partial sun
--Soil Preference: Average to slightly sandy - well drained
--Foliage Color & Texture:
Evergreen - Very
light green base, with nice bright yellow outer foliage.
Minor bronzing in winter months in colder climates. Medium - fine
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: Cones
typical of Thuja occidentalis sp. are occasionally seen on older, more
mature specimens. Cones are about 1/4" long, and start out as a very
pale light green color, eventually ripening to a mahogany brown. Cones
contain wingless seeds.
--Diseases / Insects: Bagworms
and spider mites are the most common problems seen with this variety,
although very, very rarely seen. Inspections should be performed twice a
year ( spring & fall are recommended ) for any possible problems or
--Recommended Spacing: 3 ft apart recommended for a shorter height privacy screen, or border planting. Otherwise, a wider spacing is recommended to be able to distinguish between individual specimens.
--Deer Resistance Rating: Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance
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.