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All Season Interest

January 11, 2019 – Gardener’s Journal –

Rheingold Cedar (Thuja occidentalis ‘Rheingold’) is a dwarf, low maintenance evergreen shrub that provides all season interest with bright golden foliage that turns a coppery-orange colour in winter. The soft, lacy foliage appears in flat, fan-shaped clusters. Never requiring any pruning it is an exceptional choice for small gardens and is a wonderful foundation plant. For the best foliage colour plant in full sun.

We have found it to be slow growing, reaching 3 to 5 feet tall and wide in ten years. Our Rheingold Cedar is over 15 years old and is now 6 feet tall x 4 wide wide (never pruned). It initially had a globe-shaped form but because of its age it has aged into an ovoid shape. We have positioned it in a sheltered garden near our deck that gets only afternoon sun. In full sun it would have more distinct and brighter foliage colours that change with the seasons. When the weather turns cold it does take on very distinct coppery orange tones that may appear to some gardeners that it has died. When spring comes this colour quickly changes to a chartreuse-yellow colour. I find this trait to be very beautiful and interesting. Rheingold Cedar is one of our top favourite evergreens to grow and provides all season garden interest. Hardy to Zones 3-8. Evergreens are available by special order at Plant Paradise Country Gardens

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Lorraine Roberts
Lorraine Roberts is a lifelong organic gardener, environmental advocate and educator for sustainable gardening methods, horticulturist, garden designer, photographer and author of two books: A Recipe for Continuous Bloom & Spectacular Plant Combinations for the Perennial Garden. Lorraine and her husband Robert are the creators and owners of the multi-award winning botanical garden and organic perennial nursery - Plant Paradise Country Gardens located in Caledon, Ontario, Canada. Every spring you'll find Lorraine in the greenhouse potting the thousands of perennials they grow and sell at Plant Paradise Country Gardens.

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