Thuja occidentalis 'Starkie's Gold' / Starkie's Gold Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'Starkie's Gold' is a fast growing, dense, upright columnar selection of Arborvitae with fastigiate branching and handsome, bright golden, aromatic foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 to 15 feet (3 - 5 m) tall and 4 feet (1.3 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 12 to 18 inches (30 - 45 cm). Size and density to be controlled, to a point, through a program of yearly shearing.

This cultivar is of speculative origin. At present, it appears to be marketed and produced at Monrovia nurseries of Oregon and California. However they do not seem to claim origination. Starkie Brothers is the name of a nursery and landscaping center in Farmingdale, New York, which could possibly be the source.

Thuja occidentalis 'Starkie's Gold' at a garden center in upstate NY.
Photo by Oriental Garden Supply
Thuja occidentalis 'Starkie's Gold' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Monrovia Nursery, Inc.