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Platycladus orientalis 'Franky Boy' (Oriental thuja 'Franky Boy' )

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.2m
Max height
0.9m
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Platycladus orientalis 'Franky Boy'

Other names

Oriental thuja 'Franky Boy' , Biota orientalis 'Franky Boy' , Chinese thuja 'Franky Boy' , Chinese arbor-vitae 'Franky Boy' , Chinese arborvitae 'Franky Boy', Eastern arbor-vitae 'Franky Boy', Eastern arborvitae 'Franky Boy', Thuja orientalis 'Franky Boy'

Genus

Platycladus Platycladus

Variety or Cultivar

'Franky Boy' _ 'Franky Boy' is a compact, dense, conical, evergreen coniferous shrub with flat sprays of scale-like, bright green leaves, yellow-green at the tips, turning orange-bronze in winter.


Platycladus orientalis 'Franky Boy' is: Evergreen

Habit

Dense, Compact, Rounded

Toxicity

Contact with the skin may cause irritation.

Foliage

Bright-green, Yellow-green in Spring; Yellow-green, Bright-green in Summer; Yellow-green, Bright-green in Autumn; Orange, Flushed bronze in Winter

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Scale insects Scale insects

Canker Canker

General care

Pruning

Little to no pruning required.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Platycladus orientalis 'Franky Boy' (Oriental thuja 'Franky Boy' ) will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 0.9m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Low Maintenance, Beds and borders, Architectural, Rock, Specimen tree

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates light shade. Needs protection from drying winds, particularly when young.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

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Botanical name

Platycladus orientalis 'Franky Boy'

Other names

Oriental thuja 'Franky Boy' , Biota orientalis 'Franky Boy' , Chinese thuja 'Franky Boy' , Chinese arbor-vitae 'Franky Boy' , Chinese arborvitae 'Franky Boy', Eastern arbor-vitae 'Franky Boy', Eastern arborvitae 'Franky Boy', Thuja orientalis 'Franky Boy'

Genus

Platycladus Platycladus

Variety or Cultivar

'Franky Boy' _ 'Franky Boy' is a compact, dense, conical, evergreen coniferous shrub with flat sprays of scale-like, bright green leaves, yellow-green at the tips, turning orange-bronze in winter.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Dense, Compact, Rounded

Toxicity

Contact with the skin may cause irritation.


Colour

Foliage

Bright-green, Yellow-green in Spring; Yellow-green, Bright-green in Summer; Yellow-green, Bright-green in Autumn; Orange, Flushed bronze in Winter


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Scale insects

Specific diseases

Canker

General care

Pruning

Little to no pruning required.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Platycladus orientalis 'Franky Boy' (Oriental thuja 'Franky Boy' ) will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 0.9m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Low Maintenance, Beds and borders, Architectural, Rock, Specimen tree

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates light shade. Needs protection from drying winds, particularly when young.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Platycladus orientalis 'Franky Boy' (Oriental thuja 'Franky Boy' )

Common pest name

Cypress twig; borer

Scientific pest name

Argyresthia cupressella

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Present (Widespread)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Has spread following introduction; little evidence of significant damage. Stakeholder groups may wish to monitor.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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