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PLATYCLADUS orientalis 'Semperaurea'

Image of Platycladus orientalis 'Semperaurea'

James H. Schutte

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

PLATYCLADUS orientalis 'Semperaurea'

Plant Common Name

Oriental Arborvitae

Special Notice

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General Description

A small, conical tree known mostly by its dwarf gold- or blue-leaved forms, this evergreen conifer is native to China, Korea and Manchuria. Its upright branches and vertical sprays of foliage give it a formal air. The brown, fleshy cones with hook-like scales are larger and more conspicuous than those of other arborvitaes.

Oriental arborvitae likes sun or partial shade and moist, well-drained soil that's not alkaline. It is widely used in foundation plantings, hedges, screens, and formal gardens, including in warm temperate and subtropical areas where arborvitae in the genus Thuja fail.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    11 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    3'-50' / 0.9m - 15.2m

  • Width

    2'-25' / 0.6m - 7.6m

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Blue, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Blue Green, Dark Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Yellow, Blue Green, Dark Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Blue Green, Dark Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Yellow, Blue Green, Yellow Green, Bronze

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No