Thuja ID needed

mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)January 14, 2014

After hanging out in this forum for a few years I've come to realize that about half the conifers I've acquired over the years have been mislabeled. The tag on this one said Variegated Arborvitae. Duh.
I'm not especially fond of it due to the browning of the yellow. It's in full sun now and could probably use a little afternoon shade. That can easily be remedied in my garden full of trees. ;-)
Mike

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deltaohio

Maybe Chamaecyparis nootkatensis âÂÂAurea Variegataâ ?

Frank

    Bookmark   January 14, 2014 at 8:25AM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

When I crush the foliage it smells different than a 'Nootkatensis'.
The shape is that of an 'Emerald'.
Mike

    Bookmark   January 14, 2014 at 8:34AM
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pineresin

Looks sickly, with lots of dead foliage. I'd just get rid of it and not worry about the name (other than to avoid buying the same again!), and plant something else nicer.

Resin

    Bookmark   January 14, 2014 at 9:26AM
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clement_2006

Thuja occidentalis "Smaragd Variegated"

Clement

    Bookmark   January 14, 2014 at 11:35AM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

Resin, I have two of them. Both given to me as gifts. The other one looks so bad I didn't want to post it here. Still don't. I thought I could make them look better over time. That hasn't happened.
Hate to have a bad apple spoil the look of the garden just because of the collector in me.
I will take your advice Resin and get rid of it.
Clement, thank you for the identification. I will include it with the RIP.
Mike

    Bookmark   January 14, 2014 at 12:28PM
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coniferjoy(z7 The Netherlands)

Like Clément said, it's a variegated mutation of the 'Smaragd'.
This kind of mutation is very common for this cultivar, I see it regulary here at my nursery but I don't propagate these anymore because the yellow parts will burn all the time or they will revert back to normal green...

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 2:11AM
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