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Thuja occidentalis Rheingold


Slow growing dwarf conifer with yellow foliage

A very popular conifer and rightly so. Slow growth and a rounded globe shape make this eye catching evergreen a great choice for a small garden. The leaves are an old-gold colour for much of the year but change in spring to bright yellow as the new growth appears. It lights up the garden through winter and early spring.


In a large container or the middle of a border where it is happiest in a sunny spot.


Enrich the soil with organic matter before planting - homemade compost is fine for this. Use good quality loam based compost for container growing and raise the pot on pot feet through the winter months to help with drainage. Trim the plant to help keep the shape at the end of the summer if necessary.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Conifer
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Skin irritant
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 40 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Rock garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From January to December