Forever Goldy Cedar

Thuja occidentalis 'Forever Goldy'

A cultivar of the native Western Red Cedar, the cheery Forever Goldy Cedar performs well in our Pacific Northwest region. Its narrow growth habit resembles Emerald Green Arborvitae (Thuja occdentalis), but is deer-resistant and much more drought-tolerant. The chartreuse new foliage makes this conifer a standout in the garden – great as a corner accent or even a bright hedge. The more sun it gets, the brighter the color, so site it in a sunny location.

UPDATE 2023 – I couldn’t think of a spot to put my old, giant specimen (see original post below) so relegated it to the compost bin. I bought a new, tiny one for the deck in 2020 or 2021. It eventually became top-heavy and kept falling over in the wind, so I planted it in the north side garden. It’s probably too shady there for it to retain its coloring, but I think it will perform well and will be an excellent addition to the screen I’m attempting to create along that fence. Funny that this plant has come full circle – from the north side garden in 2013 to the deck, then back to the north side in 2023!

Original Post:
I originally planted this in the side yard, then potted it up and moved it to the deck when we decided to put some taller maples in that spot. During the deck remodel, all the pots got dragged into the yard, and this one is still down there. The pot is a giant urn-shaped ceramic behemoth, and I don’t really want to have John haul it back up. So as of this entry, I’m trying to figure out which sunny spot in the yard it should go.

    • Shade Grade

    Nursery Tag

    Compact conical coniferous evergreen shrub. Height 10 to 15 feet. Spread 3 to 4 feet. Hardy to about -30 degrees. Likes sun or part shade

    Gardener's Log

    05/2013: Planted in North Side Garden.

    05/2015: Potted and placed on the deck

    05/2016: Moved, pot and all, to the back yard by the creek

    A 2 foot tall Forever Goldy Cedar along a fence line

    Forever Goldy planted in Spring 2023

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