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Fire Chief Arborvitae
Thuja occidentalis   'Congabe'  PP19009  

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 3a-8a  Find Your Zone >

Special Attributes

A sport of the popular Rheingold Arborvitae, Fire Chief Arborvitae has a near perfect globe shape with more intense coloration and is less prone to splitting. This dwarf to 3 to 4 feet tall and wide features sprays of outstanding bright golden-yellow foliage in the spring that turns to a stunning deep orange-red in fall. 

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in a globe shape 3 to 4 feet tall and wide, the Fire Chief Arborvitae is ideal for use as an accent, in groupings, as a hedge, or to frame entryways in home foundation plantings and landscape borders. Also nice as a solo or mixed wtth other plants in combination container gardens.

Spacing:  3' apart for solid hedges;  6 feet or more for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Being North American natives plants, Arborvitae are very easy to grow and care for. They are adaptable to many soil types including red clay and like full sun to part shade. They prefer a moist but well-drained soil but don't like an overly dry site. As with so many other ornamental plants, constantly soggy soil or standing water is problematic. Maintenance is minimal with very little if any pruning ever required.

Helpful Articles

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3a-8a  Find Your Zone
Shrub Type:  Evergreen Conifer
Height at Maturity:  3-4'
Width at Maturity:  3-4'
Growth Habit / Form:   Dense, Upright, Globose, Rounded
Growth Rate:  Slow
Flower Color:  None
Flower Size:  NA
Flowering Period:  NA
Flower Type:  NA
Fragrant Flowers:  NA
Foliage Color:  Bright Golden-Yellow, Red in Winter
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Attracts:  Year Round Visual Attention
Resistances:  Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Insect
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist, Well Drained Dry, Not Constantly Soggy!
Soil pH:  5.5-8
Maintenance / Care:  Low

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