Thuja plicata 'Zebrina'

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Zebrina Arborvitae

Height: 25 feet

Spread: 12 feet

Sunlight: full sun partial shade

Hardiness Zone: 5a

Other Names: Giant Arborvitae, Western Red Cedar


A stunning small accent tree which features dark green sprays of foliage irregularly flecked with yellow and a narrow upright pyramidal habit; an excellent choice for color accent or articulation, performs best in moist, humid locations but adaptable

Ornamental Features

Zebrina Arborvitae has attractive yellow-variegated dark green foliage. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Zebrina Arborvitae is a dense evergreen tree with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree. 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.

Zebrina Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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Planting & Growing

Zebrina Arborvitae will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy, 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 tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. 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. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.