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Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon' (American arborvitae 'Yellow Ribbon')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
3m
Max height
1m
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon'

Other names

American arborvitae 'Yellow Ribbon'

Genus

Thuja Thuja

Variety or Cultivar

'Yellow Ribbon' _ 'Yellow Ribbon' is a slow-growing, semi-dwarf, evergreen shrub with an upright habit. It has flat branches of yellowish-orange foliage in spring that matures to medium green.


Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon' is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Foliage smells of pineapple when crushed.

Habit

Conical

Toxicity

Contact with the skin may cause irritation.

Foliage

Green, Golden-yellow, Yellow-orange in Spring; Mid-green in Winter

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Conifer aphid , Scale insects Conifer aphid , Scale insects

Cypress (coryneum) canker Cypress (coryneum) canker

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon' (American arborvitae 'Yellow Ribbon') will reach a height of 3m and a spread of 1m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Containers, Low Maintenance, Rock

Cultivation

Plant in moist, free-draining soil in any aspect so long as it gets good light. 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

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon'

Other names

American arborvitae 'Yellow Ribbon'

Genus

Thuja Thuja

Variety or Cultivar

'Yellow Ribbon' _ 'Yellow Ribbon' is a slow-growing, semi-dwarf, evergreen shrub with an upright habit. It has flat branches of yellowish-orange foliage in spring that matures to medium green.

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Foliage smells of pineapple when crushed.

Habit

Conical

Toxicity

Contact with the skin may cause irritation.


Colour

Foliage

Green, Golden-yellow, Yellow-orange in Spring; Mid-green in Winter


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Conifer aphid , Scale insects

Specific diseases

Cypress (coryneum) canker

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon' (American arborvitae 'Yellow Ribbon') will reach a height of 3m and a spread of 1m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Containers, Low Maintenance, Rock

Cultivation

Plant in moist, free-draining soil in any aspect so long as it gets good light. 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

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon' (American arborvitae 'Yellow Ribbon')

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Lamprodila festiva

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

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

5

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

3

General biosecurity comments

Beetle that is native to Europe; whose larvae damage certain ornamental conifer species. Absent in the UK; so industry should source plants carefully and monitor for its presence.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon' (American arborvitae 'Yellow Ribbon')

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.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon' (American arborvitae 'Yellow Ribbon')

Common pest name

Western hemlock wood stainer

Scientific pest name

Gnathotrichus sulcatus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

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

1

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

3

General biosecurity comments

EU regulated pest of conifers and regulations appear to be effectively mitigating against the risk of entry.

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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