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Fire Chief White Cedar

Thuja occidentalis 'Congabe'

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Fire Chief White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis 'Congabe') at Moana Nursery

Fire Chief White Cedar

Fire Chief White Cedar

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Fire Chief White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis 'Congabe') at Moana Nursery

Fire Chief White Cedar foliage

Fire Chief White Cedar foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Fire Chief White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis 'Congabe') at Moana Nursery

Fire Chief White Cedar

Fire Chief White Cedar

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Eastern Arborvitae, American Arborvitae

Description:

A distinctive landscape evergreen for color effect, featuring showy reddish foliage at the tips when grown in full sun; tends to be more greenish-orange when shaded; excellent for color accent use in home gardens and landscapes; protect from drying winds

Ornamental Features

Fire Chief White Cedar has attractive indian red-tipped green foliage which emerges red in spring. The needles are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Fire Chief White Cedar is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep. 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.

Fire Chief White Cedar is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Fire Chief White Cedar will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 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 approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. 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. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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