Oriental White Cedar, Oriental Arbovitae, Chinese Arbor-vitae
Platycladus orientalis 'Aurea Nana'

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Platycladus (plat-ee-KLAD-us) (Info)
Species: orientalis (or-ee-en-TAY-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Aurea Nana
Additional cultivar information:(aka Berckmans Gold, Berkman's Gold)
Synonym:Thuja orientalis
Synonym:Platycladus stricta
Synonym:Biota orientalis
Synonym:Cupressus thuja
Synonym:Thuja acuta

Category:

Trees

Conifers

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Blue-Green

Aromatic

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Knights Landing, California

Wildomar, California

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Copperas Cove, Texas

El Paso, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Round Rock, Texas

Newport News, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Apr 18, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This cultivar is said to be a dwarf, reaching 5' tall in ten years.

The species is not reliably hardy north of Z6a. This cultivar is said to be less hardy than the species.

Subject to snow damage in winter.

Positive

On Apr 17, 2014, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I chose this conifer because I thought it was a dwarf. By that I had hoped it'd be no taller than 6 ft. Now it seems it may get taller and wider than I expected. Yikes! The tree gets mostly sun in a rather dry area of my garden. It has been an easy plant and while it is not golden, its nice chartreuse foliage contrasts well with nearby plants with darker green foliage.

Positive

On Apr 1, 2012, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

Mine looks like a miniature cedar tree that grows wild here . I have it planted under a large live oak surrounded by round limestone rocks .