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Berckman's Golden Arborvitae

Thuja orientalis 'Berckman's Gold'
Berckman's Golden Arborvitae
Berckman's Golden Arborvitae
Berckman's Golden Arborvitae
Berckman's Golden Arborvitae
Berckman's Golden Arborvitae
Berckman's Golden Arborvitae
Berckman's Golden Arborvitae
Berckman's Golden Arborvitae
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Berckman's Golden Arborvitae

Thuja orientalis 'Berckman's Gold'

Compact Evergreen That’s Big on Color and Low on Maintenance

  • Glows with golden green foliage through spring
  • The perfect border tree when you don’t want to obstruct your view
  • Drought resistant and super low maintenance
  • Flat branching structure whose beauty makes it a perfect specimen or screening plant
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Product Details

growing zone 5-9 Growing Zones 5-9
Soil Type Adaptable, Well Drained
Sunlight Full, Partial
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 6-10 Feet
Mature Width 5-6 Feet
Growth Rate Moderate
Shipping Restriction AZ

Berckman's Gold Arborvitae add panache to your landscaping, border, or garden areas. A broad, compact, and vertically reaching tree that is both shaped like and glows like a candle flame.

Berckman’s Golds are known for their vibrant golden hue that transitions subtly to a dimmer version of itself as the winter months wear on. Even then, the flat branching structure remains a brighter green than most trees in its classification. Between its color and a uniquely flat and vertical structure, this is a plant you’ll enjoy all year long.

Beyond its good looks, the Berckman’s Gold gets an A+ in the maintenance department. These trees thrive in full sunshine and maintain their dense, upward-facing shape without any help at all. Along with their ability to maintain their own physique, these trees can grow in a wide range of soils. Whether your soil is dry or wet, your Berkman Gold is highly adaptable.

As with most any arborvitae, you’ll want to be sure you’ve done your part to cultivate well-drained soil. Should your environment be hit with long periods of drought, water this beauty to keep it vivacious.

Whether your outdoor space is styled to reflect the soothing peace of a Zen garden, the European flair of a Mediterranean space, or the cozy hominess of a cottage setting, you’ll love this tree that adds to your environment without asking too much of you!

Berckman's Golden Arborvitae FAQ

Do Berckman’s Gold Arborvitae attract any animals or insects?

These trees attract birds but are resistant to deer.

Can I plant my Berckman’s Gold around water features?

Yes! Given their oriental background, these trees are often planted around gardens or ponds. They work especially well in Zen gardens.

Do Berckman’s Golds have enough foliage to act as a sound barrier?

Yes. This tree’s foliage is dense and full, which means it serves well as a sound barrier.

Berckman's Golden Arborvitae Care


The best time to plant your Berckman’s Gold Arborvitae is in early spring when the soil is easy to manipulate, or in fall before the frosts of winter make the ground too hard to work. Choose a spot that is fully exposed to the sun and be sure your soil isn’t soggy.


Once your Beckman’s Gold is established, you won’t need to water it. Until then, however, keep the soil consistently moist. Keeping it moist through the first growing season is usually enough to prompt growth and richness of color.


Pruning will depend on how you’ve chosen to feature your Berckman’s Gold. If you’ve planted it as a specimen, no pruning is required. If you’ve chosen to create a hedge or screen, simply prune with hedge shears to shape to your need. If you do choose to prune, feel free to do so in early spring before delicate new growth emerges.

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