Platycladus (Thuja) orientalis 'FRANKY BOY'

Platycladus (Thuja) orientalis
Platycladus (Thuja) orientalis  'FRANKY BOY'
oriental arborviatae
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 0.5-1.3m
USUAL WIDTH 0.4-0.8m
LEAVES evergreen conifer
COLOUR OF LEAVES +multicoloured:yellow a light green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Conifers
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Franky Boy is an exquisite variety of oriental arborvitae from 1999. It is en evergreen conifer with charming, thread-like, linear branches covered with tiny scale-like leaves of bright yellow-green colour. They grow strictly upwards, and unless shaped or trimmed the side branches tend to weep slightly. In winter they gain bronze shades.

Thanks to plentiful of gentle branches, the shrub looks like a tuft of an ornamental grass, yet keeping its compact shape that will look elegant in any garden composition. We suggest combining it with plants of strikingly different foliage colour for best contrast.

oriental arborvitae is a trouble-free conifer which, once established, needs no maintenance at all. It grows slowly and may be pruned or trimmed in spring and late summer. It is quite soil tolerant but dislikes boggy locations and long-standing water. Just keep the soil moist after planting. It does well on exposed sites and is suitable for small, informal hedges. Not recommended for mountainous resorts with long-lasting frosts and heavy snow falls. Hardy to about -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Last update 31-01-2012
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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