Thuja Orientalis 'Van Hoey Smith'
Hoey Smith Arborvitae is a real dandy!! Nice neat vertical sprays of
foliage are bright gold flecked with green, and a touch of
silver/white during certain times of the year. As close as we have ever seen to a tri-colored
Arborvitae. Very pyramidal / cone shaped growth habit. Likes full sun
to achieve the best color, but will tolerate some shade. Truly a must
have for the collector, or for anyone who wants something that is way
out of the ordinary. Excellent as an accent planting, or when planted
in groups of 2 or 3.
This variety has a definite tendency to take a few seasons to really develop thicker foliage........can have a rather thin appearance for the first few years. But please be patient - they are well worth the wait!! A good, solid mulching & fertilization regimen will help to speed their development up considerably.
Plant Facts & Specifications
--Mature Height: 10 - 12 ft
--Mature Width:4 - 5 ft.
--Growth rate: Moderate to fast ( 8" - 12" avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones:5 - 8 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
--Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade - but good sun exposure is definitely preferred for best color & foliage density.
--Soil Preference: Average to moist & fertile - well drained. Mulching strongly recommended.
--Foliage Color & Texture: Very delicate feathery textured foliage arranged in vertical sprays - typical of most Thuja orientalis cultivars. Color is a very bright golden yellow combined with flecks of bright green. Even a small amount of creamy white can be seen mixed throughout on many specimens.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: N/A
--Diseases / Insects: Bagworms and spider mites are the most common problems seen with this variety. Regular inspections are recommended to avoid any problems / infestations from escaping your attention. Try to avoid planting in any area with inadequate soil drainage - fungal & bacterial infections on the root systems can result.
--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.