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Berkman's Gold Arborvitae

Thuja orientalis 'Berkman's Gold'

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Berkman's Gold Arborvitae (Thuja orientalis 'Berkman's Gold') at Roger's Gardens

Berkman's Gold Arborvitae

Berkman's Gold Arborvitae

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Berkman's Gold Arborvitae (Thuja orientalis 'Berkman's Gold') at Roger's Gardens

Berkman's Gold Arborvitae foliage

Berkman's Gold Arborvitae foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6a

Other Names:  Platycladus orientalis


An attractive evergreen shrub for color accent in the home landscape, featuring bright yellow foliage which fades to lime green, useful in foundation plantings, hedges, or focal point in the landscape; very adaptable, protect from drying winter winds

Ornamental Features

Berkman's Gold Arborvitae is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its ornamental globe-shaped form. It has attractive yellow evergreen foliage which emerges gold in spring. The scale-like sprays of foliage are highly ornamental and turn harvest gold in the fall, which persists throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Berkman's Gold Arborvitae is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Berkman's Gold Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Berkman's Gold Arborvitae will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features