Lime Delight Arborvitae
Thuja orientalis 'Lime Delight'
Lime Delight Arborvitae foliage
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Height: 6 feet
Spread: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: 6a
Other Names: Platycladus orientalis
Brand: Greenleaf Nursery
An attractive evergreen color accent for the home landscape, featuring bright golden new foliage which eventually matures to lime green; maintains color through winter; compact and pyramidal; very adaptable, protect from drying winter winds
Lime Delight Arborvitae has attractive lime green-variegated gold foliage which emerges yellow in spring. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain gold throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Lime Delight Arborvitae is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub 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 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.
Lime Delight Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Lime Delight Arborvitae will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 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.