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Unique Ever-yellow Arborvitae!

When people call us asking for advice on their landscaping, one of the most often asked questions is “What will look good in my garden all year?” Typically, people are asking about evergreens and the like – shrubs that don’t lose their leaves in the winter.

On the short list of favorite evergreens used in American gardens, Arborvitae is probably close to number 1.Some version of these super-hardy needle evergreens grow in almost every state and are true “plant-it-and-forget-it” foundation plants. You see them everywhere. Some people see this as a sign of overuse and unimaginative. We see it as a sign of a fantastic plant that does its job really well!

So, what if you want an evergreen, just not one that is...well…green? Have we got the plant for you!

Sunkist Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Sunkist’) has all of the traits of the classic arborvitae – dense, aromatic, needle-like leaves on a pyramidal shrub that never needs pruning. They can grow to 10’ tall and 8’ wide before you know it and make great screens, hedges or fences. All of this in a great plant that has beautiful yellow leaves year round. They are extra lemony-yellow in the spring and a more orangy-yellow in the fall, with a mellow-yellow green the rest of the year.

Sunkist will light up next to dark-green evergreens and make perennial flowers pop against its pretty color. Don’t spend another minute wondering. Order yours today and see how beautiful Sunkist is yourself!

* Very easy care
* Ever-yellow
* No pruning needed for it to keep its pyramid shape
* Great for foundations, borders and beds

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Sunkist Arborvitae Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-7
Growing Zones 3-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Thuja occidentalis 'Sunkist'
Foliage Golden
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 3 feet
Soil Type Well drained
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Fall Color Yellow, Orange