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Rheingold Arborvitae - Thuja
'Rheingold' Arborvitae is an exceptionally low-maintenance coniferous evergreen shrub that features attractive lacy foliage that changes color with the seasons. Its very showy golden foliage (hence the name) during the warm season turns an attractive golden to coppery-bronze color throughout the cool season. Get all the details and planting and care advice below.

Rheingold Arborvitae - Thuja

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Rheingold Arborvitae
Thuja occidentalis 'Rheingold'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3a-7b (8a?)  Find Your Zone



Special Attributes

'Rheingold' Arborvitae is an exceptionally low-maintenance coniferous evergreen shrub that features attractive lacy foliage that changes color with the seasons. During the warm season it displays showy, bright golden-yellow foliage that turns an attractive orange-bronze color throughout the cool season. Foliage appears in flat, fan-shaped clusters on a rounded conical form that eventually matures from 3 to 5 feet tall and wide, making it a fine selection for small to medium size garden spaces.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 3 to 5 feet tall and wide in a rounded conical form, the Rheingold Arborvitae is ideal for use as a specimen or in small groupings in small to medium size gardens, and in groupings, or as a straight or staggered hedge row in home foundation plantings and landscape borders. Plant in the ground or in pots on either side of the front door or to accentuate other entryways. Great for use in pots, planters and other containers. A fine addition to conifer gardens, rock gardens and formal gardens. 

Spacing:  3 feet apart for solid hedges;  7 feet or more apart for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Rheingold Arborvitae is very easy to grow in most any moist but well-drained soil and full sun to part shade. Best and brightest foliage color in full to mostly sun. Plants are moderately drought tolerant when established but do not like an overly dry site. As with so many other conifers, constantly soggy or wet soils are problematic. Maintenance is minimal with very little if any pruning ever required.




Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant, prune, fertilize and water Arborvitae shrubs.





Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3a-7b  Find Your Zone
Shrub Type:  Coniferous Evergreen Shrub
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Height at Maturity:  3-5'
Width at Maturity:  3-5'
Spacing:  3' for solid hedges; 7' or more for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Conical, Rounded
Growth Rate:  Slow to Moderate
Flower Color:  None
Flower Size:  NA
Flowering Period:  NA
Flower Type:  NA
Fragrant Flowers:  NA
Foliage Color:  Golden turning to Copper-Bronze in Winter
Fragrant Foliage:  Yes
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
Attracts:  Birds, Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Insect



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