A rounded shape and nodding shoot tips give this low growing conifer a pillow like shape that looks comfortable in any garden setting.
Thuja 'Golden Tuffet' is a very slow growing dwarf conifer forming a low mound, wider than high, providing fabulous year round structure and colour in the garden. The fine young evergreen foliage is green at the heart of the plant and yellow at the tips of the shoots. With the tips turning orange and bronze in cold winter weather, it gives the impression of a glowing mantle around a cooler green centre. 'Golden Tuffet' is useful for smaller gardens where space is limited, looks great in a container or pot, or planted with other mixed conifers which is especially good for winter and will also work well in rock and gravel gardens. Its easy to understand why this plant was awarded the RHS's Award of Garden Merit in 2002.
This attractive, easy to grow conifer is virtually maintenance free and brings a colourful highlight to any corner.
Plant Type: Conifer
Hardiness: H7 Very Hardy. Minimum temperature < -20
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 60cm x W1m (Mature age: 20 years)
Foliage Colour: Yellow, Orange, Gold
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: Yes
RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Hazardous / Poisonous Information: Skin irritant
Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sandy
Soil Drainage: Moist but Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Planting Style: Flower Beds & Borders, Low Maintenance Garden, Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Gravel & Drought Resistant Garden, Rock Garden, Urban Garden, Courtyard Garden, Containers.
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Thuja 'Golden Tuffet' has the deepest colours when grown in full sun but it will also grow well in partial or dappled shade. South, East or West facing are the most suitable aspects for growing offering good light levels and it is best grown in a position where it is sheltered from winds which can dry out the leaves.
Prefers to grow on lighter soils that are moist but well drained and will struggle on heavier clay soils which retain moisture unless the soil has been improved.
Water well and feed occasionally in pots and for the first year in the ground. Pruning is not necessary but it can be clipped to shape if desired although the rounded pin cushion shape occurs naturally.