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Thuja occidentalis 'Rheingold'

Family: Cupressaceae (koo-press-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Thuja (THOO-yuh) (Info)
Species: occidentalis (ok-sih-den-TAY-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Rheingold

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Mar 12, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The color and texture are great year-round, as is the spherical shape when it's young. I'm especially partial to the copper color in winter.

Unfortunately, after only 2-4 years it splays open under the weight of snow, or of its own weight, exposing lots of dead foliage in its interior. Ugly.

Yes, you can tie it up for the winter, but that makes it look ugly for five months of the year.

I've never seen this get over about 2-3' tall in eastern Massachusetts without opening up.

I think of this strictly as a short-term plant, perhaps an interim solution to a larger landscape issue. Here in Boston (Z6a) it performs well through the winter in a suitable pot.

Positive Lakeside3 On Dec 27, 2008, Lakeside3 from Jacksonville, NC wrote:

I love the color Green of the 'Rheingold' in the spring, then Gold in summer and Bronze during the winter. Purchased in early winter 2008.


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

Crockett, California
Bear, Delaware
Chicago, Illinois
Crofton, Kentucky
West Friendship, Maryland
Haviland, Ohio
Maineville, Ohio
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Newport News, Virginia
Stanwood, Washington

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