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Thuja occidentalis Sunkist


Natural pyramid shape of bright yellow foliage

This conifer has a coat of many colours with rusty orange leaves through the winter and bright yellow new growth in spring. A pyramid of evergreen interest throughout the year and slow growing enough for even the smallest of gardens.


Happiest in full sun and most garden soils as long as not waterlogged in winter. A great choice for a large container in a sunny spot.


Enrich the soil with organic matter before planting - homemade garden compost or well rotted manure is fine for this. Use good quality loam based compost for container gardening and raise the pot on pot feet through the winter months to help with drainage.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Conifer
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 125 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 75 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 20 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
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, Patio container

Typically available

From January to December