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Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees for Sale Online
The stand-out yellow-green foliage of Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees (Thuja plicata 'Forever Goldy') makes a bright privacy hedge or screen for full sun that thrives in heat and humidity.
They are popular evergreen trees that hold their color throughout the winter and tolerate drought once established. The rich golden foliage and handsome, narrow form make this conifer an excellent choice to plant in a row as a formal screen.
Arborvitae Forever Goldy trees are a deep and rich buttery yellow color year-round, which displays how robust they are. Like Leyland Cypress trees, their foliage grows in flat sprays, and close up, the needles appear covered in fine golden scales.
Arborvitaes range from Nova Scotia to Manitoba south through the Great Lakes region and along the Appalachians to North Carolina and Tennessee. In the north, it tends to be closely aligned with low, acidic, wet areas such as river banks and bog edges. At its mountainous southern extent, it becomes altogether less common and more likely found on limestone cliffs.
Growing Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees
Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees are dense evergreen shrubs with a long life. They have no serious insect pest problems in our area, as well as no common leaf diseases or blights. They’re tolerant of our local alkaline soils and don’t have any difficulty enduring our scorching summer or cold winter conditions.
Forever Goldies are widely adaptable and there is a great variety of cultivars available from which to choose. It performs well in humid regions. Provide a site with full to partial sunlight, on consistently moist soil. Heavy clay and light sandy soils should be well amended with organic matter to improve drainage and water retention respectively. Arborvitae Forever Goldy trees grow best in full sun, but they can withstand partial shade (afternoon sun is best in this case).
Uses Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees
Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees are a perfect evergreen for smaller spaces. Grow these trees as living screens that won’t overpower your entire lawn and garden with their size. This selection is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after evergreens because it maintains its lush golden color during the winter. (Many arborvitae trees turn bronze or brown color on the tips of their branches during the winter months).
Most people use the Arborvitaes as a privacy barrier to block out noisy neighbors. The Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees only grow to about 10 to 12 feet tall, so it's perfect for small landscaping areas.
- Living screens
- Great for container gardens. Try combining cool blues, whites, and silver tones for a contemporary look.
- Makes a wonderful focal point in the landscape.
- Interesting accent as a foundation plant or combined with other shrubs and perennials
Creating a Privacy Screen or Dense Hedge
If you want to create a privacy barrier with the Arborvitae Forever Goldy Trees we would recommend that you plant 2 to 3 feet apart and follow our planting instructions.
The Arborvitae Forever Goldy grows to a mature height of 12 feet high by 3 to 4 feet wide, and it grows between one and two feet per year under optimum growing conditions. For best results, plant these trees four feet apart to enjoy their pyramid shape or three feet apart for a dense hedge.
|Mature Height:||10 to 12 Feet|
|Mature Width:||3.5 to 4 Feet|
|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 Arborvitae Forever Goldy
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
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
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
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
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.