Thuja occidentalis 'Rheingold'

American arborvitae

Evergreen Conifer, Shrub

Dwarf evergreen shrub with golden foliage takes on burnished bronze tint in winter. Rheingold arborvitae is a very useful compact conifer that works well in rock gardens, as a foundation plant, or as a low hedge to divide space without blocking visibility. It develops the best foliage color and performs best in full sun with regular water. Can be clipped to control size and/or create a formal look.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun

Water Needs: Average, Regular / Even


Size: 30 - 60 tall x 30 - 60 wide
Shape / Form: Rounded
Foliage Texture: Fine
Foliage Quality: Fine

Features: Attractive Foliage, Low Maintenance, Winter Interest, Year-round Interest, Dwarf / Compact Plant, Attracts Birds

Foliage Color: Yellow / Gold
Fall Color: Yellow / Gold, Bronze / Copper

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Hedges and Screens, Massed, Mixed Border, Rock Garden, Small Gardens, Structure / Foundation
Special Situations: Courtyard / Urban Garden
Wildlife: Birds

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Year-round Interest, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: mid-plane filler

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low
Maintenance Tasks: Landscape Crew Friendly, Once-a-Year Care, Prune annually

Plant Combos