Four Fluffy arborvitae showing off their unique texture and color.Four Fluffy arborvitae showing off their unique texture and color.

Fluffy® Arborvitae

Fluffy® Western arborvitae (Thuja plicata) is a beacon of color and touchable texture in the landscape or garden. It naturally grows as a narrow pyramid of shiny “fans” of golden foliage that have an unusual braided look to them. As a Western arborvitae, it is more resistant to severe damage than the standard Eastern arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis), but it should still be protected in areas where deer visit, especially as a young plant. Though it resists burning, a good 2-3″/5-7cm layer of shredded bark mulch over the roots is recommended to help retain soil moisture, especially in winter.

Top reasons to grow Fluffy arborvitae:

  •  Evergreen foliage is a bright, cheerful gold all year-round
  • Thick, glossy foliage has a braided texture
  • Equally suited to being grown as a dramatic specimen, paired at an entryway for formality, or as an unexpected hedge or screen

 

Additional information

Dimensions3 × 5 ft
Botanical Name

<i>Thuja plicata</i> 'SMNTPGF' pp#30762; CBRAF

Zone

5, 6, 7, 8

Foliage Color

Yellow

Height

5-10'

Width/Spread

3-6'

Exposure

Full Sun, Part Sun

Soil

Average, Moist, Well-drained

Uses

Borders, Foundations, Hedges, Specimen

Features

Alkaline soil, Clay soil, Evergreen, Native, Salt tolerant, Winter Interest

Breeder

Tim Wood, Grand Haven, Michigan

SKU: 85370 Plant Type:

Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) to part sun (4-6 hrs/day)

Soil: Any average soil will do, provided it is well-drained

Water: Average water needs

Fertilizing: Nothing special required – one application of a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants in early spring is sufficient

Pruning: Little needed; may be trimmed in late spring, after the new growth has emerged, if desired.

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