• Mature Forever Goldy Arborvitae planted as a specimen plant in the landscape surrounded with light mulch.
  • Close-up photo of the lime green and golden tips on the forever goldy arborvitae tree.
  • Photo of a young Forever Goldy Arborvitae tree in a nursery pot.
  • Close-up photo of more mature golden tips on Forever Goldy Arborvitae
  • Thriving lot of luscious forever goldy arborvitae trees in nursery pots

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Forever Goldy™ Arborvitae

Thuja plicata 'Forever Goldy'

Forever Goldy™ Arborvitae Trees make gorgeous and unique privacy screens with their buttery-yellow, green color. They are easy to grow and are drought tolerant once they are established. Arborvitaes need very little pruning to maintain their shape.

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Forever Goldy™ Arborvitae Trees for Sale Online

The stand-out yellow-green foliage of Forever Goldy™ Arborvitae Trees (Thuja plicata 'Forever Goldy') make for a bright and unconventional addition to any landscape.

Notable qualities of these bold-colored trees include their hardiness to the elements and impressive drought-tolerant nature. Arborvitae Forever Goldy trees are a deep and rich buttery yellow color year-round. Similar to Leyland Cypress trees, their foliage grows in flat sprays, and close up, the needles appear covered in fine golden scales.

The rich golden yellow foliage and handsome, narrow form, along with its upright habit, make this conifer an excellent choice to plant in a row as a formal privacy screen or for use in foundation plantings. 

Ideal conditions for growing Forever Goldy Arborvitae include full sun and well-drained soil. Additionally, we recommend applying a light layer of mulch around the base of your plant to protect the root ball. 

Most people use arborvitae trees as a privacy barrier to block out noisy neighbors. The Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees only grow to about 10 to 12 feet tall, with a growth rate of 8-12 inches per year, so it's perfect for small landscaping areas.

The small form and bright hues of these trees also make them perfect for use in containers, and they can even double as a less traditional Christmas Tree around the holidays!


Growzone: 4-7 Forever Goldy™ Arborvitae Hardiness Zone 4-7
Hardiness Zone: 4-7
Mature Height: 10 to 12 Feet
Mature Width: 3.5 to 4 Feet
Sunlight: Full sun
Foliage Color: Golden-yellow
Growth Form: Dense upright and conical
Soil Conditions: Grow best in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Will not tolerate extremely dry conditions
Water Requirements: Well-drained soil

How to Care for Forever Goldy™ Arborvitae

Before you buy a Forever Goldy Arborvitae, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and flourishing.

How to Plant Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees

How to Plant Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees

Never plant Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees deeper than originally planted in the pot. As a rule we always say that before you mulch you should still be able to see the soil from the original pot. Planting to deep can cause rotting of the stem and death to the tree. Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees are fairly drought tolerant, however they grow very slow without adequate water. Staking young trees is recommended to minimize the stress on the stem from winds blowing the tree. When tying trees to stakes remember the tree will continue to grow. Loosely tie the tree with several twist ties to allow for growth. Check trees every three months and loosen as needed. If this is not done, the twist tie will grow into the tree causing injury. A Pro tip that we can offer is to use a short length of old garden hose and run the tie wire through the hose. this will protect the trunk of the tree from being damaged by the tie wire. The one question that comes up often when talking to customers is “when is the best time to plant.”? For the most part, container trees can be planted year around, provided the ground isn’t frozen. Below Virginia many nurseries and Christmas tree growers field plant year around, weather permitting. When planting a potted tree, remember the only water source the tree has, is its small root ball, and all the water the tree uses must come from them until new roots can grow into the surrounding soil. New trees should be watered twice weekly (Minimum), under hot drier conditions possibly more. Care should be taken not to over water. More trees die from over watering than under.

How to Fertilize Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees

How to Fertilize Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees

We recommend when planting your Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees to use Bio-tone starter fertilizer by Espoma. We have trialed many so called “starter fertilizers” over the years and have come to rely on Bio-tone exclusively for our own use. Simply mix the recommended amount of Bio-tone into the back fill soil and water in generously when back filled. Bio-tone® Starter Plus is an all-natural plant food that is combined with a stronger concentration of our beneficial bacteria along with both endo and ecto mycorrhizae. Basically the “good” fungus in Bio-tone colonizes on the growing roots of your newly planted plant and does not allow disease causing fungus to attack the new roots. It has also shown promise in stimulating the growth of the new roots which means quicker establishment for you plant. After establishment and during the following years we recommend Holly-tone used at the recommended rates for your Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees. It is also organic and slow release which will feed your trees the proper amount of nutrients over a period of time rather than all at once which can burn the root tips and actually have the opposite effect of slowing down plant growth. It also will help to maintain the acid level in the soil that Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees need to thrive.

How to water Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees

How to water Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees

After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks.

How to mulch Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees

How to mulch Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees

We highly recommend that you mulch your Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. Its better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.


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