'Golden Smaragd®' - the ornament behind the Thujas
‘Golden Smaragd®’ – undemanding & compact
Variety: ‘Golden Smaragd®’ (´Janed Gold´)(S)
Common English name: Occidental arbor-vitae ‘Golden Smaragd®’, American arbor-vitae ‘Golden Smaragd®’
Botanical name: Thuja occidentalis ´Golden Smaragd®’ (´Janed Gold´)(S)
Hardiness: Zone 5a (= -26°C to -29°C)
Arrangement of leaves: in bunches / groups
Structure of leaves: imbricated
Form of leaves: triangular
Leave edge: sleek
Habit: Up to 6 m (8 m) high rowing tree with a narrow cone habit. Top of the tree is densely and narrow often reaching down to the ground; and heaving a straight tree trunk. The base of the trunk is often broadened with horizontal branches.
Needles: Compared to oriental arbor-vitae the fan-shaped branches of Thuja occidentalis are always horizontal orientated. The squamous, tight-fitting leaves are coloured gold to gold-green. The oil-glands of the plant are mainly situated at the end of the shoots. If the shoots are brayed they unfold an aromatic scent. The leaves are always arranged at the opposite, winter colour is golden brown.
Bark: Red-brown coloured, lengthwise cracked, the bark of older plants peels off.
Flowers: April/May; small and unimposing, monoecious; female flowers are situated at the end of the shoots, chartreuse, at time of pollination colour of flowers turns reddish; male flowers occur sole at the end of the shoots with 6 to 12 stamens.
Fruits: September/October; unimposing, erected, oval cones, length up to 1 cm with 4-6 pairs of leather-like scales.
Location: Grows in every nutritious, humid soil at sunny and half-shaded places. Very hardy, resistant to wind, modest and very healthy.