Platycladus orientalis 'Fleck'

Platycladus orientalis 'Fleck,' also known in the trade as 'Nana Fleck' (illegitimate because it originated after 1959), 'J.W. Versteege,' and 'Versteege Flash' (provisional names that have since been dropped).

Description. A white-variegated, ovoid-conical dwarf selection of Chinese arborvitae with grass-green to yellow foliage irregularly spotted with creamy-white flecks. Annual growth is less than an two inches (7-10 cm) a year, producing small shrub, approximately 2.5 feet tall by 1 foot wide (70 x 30 cm) after 10 years in the landscape. [description courtesy of Encyclopedia of Conifers, Auders & Spicer, ©2012]

Origin. 'Fleck' was introduced in the 1980s by Ferny Creek Nursery in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It originated from a branch mutation on a specimen of 'Aurea Nana.' Stanley & Sons Nursery, Boring, Oregon is credited for the U.S. introduction.

Platycladus orientalis 'Fleck' in Jody Karlin's Vista Garden, Atlanta, Georgia.
Photo by Jody Karlin

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