Morgan's Chinese Arborvitae

Thuja orientalis 'Morgan'

Item 4682


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USDA Zone:
Key feature:
  • Light Needs
    Full sun
  • Watering Needs
    Tolerates extremely dry to boggy wet conditions, provided drainage is adequate. Quite drought tolerant once established.

This woody chameleon, native to Australia, is known for its exceptional ability to change foliage color. Its summer lime-green foliage turns deep purple in fall, followed by a fantastic rich orange color during the winter months. A favorite plant among dwarf conifer enthusiasts.

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Average Size at Maturity
Grows 2 to 4 in. per year, reaching 3 ft. tall at 10 years.
Landscape Use
Botanical Name: Thuja orientalis 'Morgan'
Deciduous/ Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Habit: Columnar ,   Narrow
Growth Rate: Slow
Special Feature: Dramatic Foliage Color, Dwarf Plant, Fall Color, Waterwise
Foliage Color: Multicolored
Bloom Time: Conifer; prized for foliage.
Flower Color: No
Design Ideas: Like many dwarf conifers, this plant is fairly slow growing, which makes it perfect for smaller spaces in your garden.

Provide a well-drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Tolerates hot, dry summer conditions but performs best with humidity. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

Customer Reviews

\'Morgan\' Arborvitae
by Lionel Jr., May 29, 2019

If you happen across Monrovia’ version of Morgan’s Arborvitae, grab it. Theirs is like no other, in my view. I have two and have had to purchase other versions of this arborvitae in that I haven’t come across any more of Monrovia’s. None of the others have grown with the vigor and beauty of Monrovia’s. For many plant and tree types, I tend to gravitate toward Monrovia’s due to their quality.

Thuja orientalis 'Morgan'
by Morgan's Chinese Arborvitae, November 15, 2014

This is a great plant for my zone 8. I have transplanted it twice--due to larger shrubs over shading it, and have had no trouble with its performance. I am only dismayed wanted to add more to my landscape and it is no longer available in my state (oregon).

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