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: 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.