Your opinion is important to us!

We are constantly making our site better and more user friendly for you. Any dispute, whether praise or criticism is important to us!

We welcome your suggestions!

Send

Feedback
Flat delivery fee £4.95, for all plants (excepted areas see here).
Customer service & advice: call 0845 527 1658 or email support@lubera.co.uk

Thuja

Thuja Nadeln

When you buy a Thuja, you will get a coniferous plant with many benefits. This stunning tree is fast-growing, evergreen and very easy to care for. Usually multi-stemmed in its structure, it grows well even when young, providing an attractive ornamental screen in the garden. Thuja grows dense and is perfect as a hedge plant, however is also extremely versatile in other ways, such as grown on its own or in a container. This structure-giving conifer is also superb for rock gardens.

Buying a Thuja – The Tree Of Life as a Solitary Plant or Hedge Plant

Take a look at our Lubera range! If you want to plant Thuja as a decorative element or as a hedge, we have put together a diverse range of products for you. From emerald green to golden yellow: the distinctive, colourful-leaved conifers provide your garden with an all year-round display. Whether as a column, cone or sphere: these Trees of Life show different growth forms, which are very inviting to shape. Here are some recommended varieties from our shop:

Thuja occidentalis 'Golden Smaragd' grows upright in a conical shape and sets beautiful, golden accents in every garden area.

Thuja occidentalis 'Teddy' with its dainty, rounded growth is ideal for bed enclosures and looks very decorative even in a planter.

Thuja plicata 'Whipcord' grows bushy and overhanging and is a fancy conifer that also looks wonderful in a container, in rockeries, in a perennial bed and even in grave plantings.

   
 
No image available Western Red Cedar 'Little Boy'®

Thuja plicata 'Little Boy'

From £16.40 *

Western Red Cedar 'Whipcord'

Thuja plicata 'Whipcord'

£14.40 *

White Cedar 'Danica'

Thuja occidentalis 'Danica'

From £8.90 *

White Cedar 'Golden Smaragd'®

Thuja occidentalis 'Golden Smaragd'

From £14.40 *

No image available White Cedar 'Mecki'®

Thuja occidentalis 'Mecki'®

From £9.90 *

White Cedar 'Mr.Bowling Ball'

Thuja occidentalis 'Mr.Bowling Ball'

£7.90 *

No image available White Cedar 'Smaragd'

Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd'

From £7.90 *

White Cedar 'Smaragd', 5 plants, height: approx. 80 cm

Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd'

Instead of: £52.90 * £85.40 *

%
White Cedar 'Teddy'

Thuja occidentalis 'Teddy'

From £5.90 *

White cedar, Thuja Tiny Tim

Thuja occidentalis 'Tiny Tim'

£14.40 *

   
 
Thuja kaufen

Worth Knowing About Thuja

Thujas are also known at the "Tree of Life". The name “Thuja” is also the genus name belonging to the cypress family.  These conifers are native to North America and East Asia. Thuja occidentalis, the Tree of Life, is native to eastern Canada and north-eastern parts of the United States. It is often used as a hedge plant. The giant tree of life (Thuja plicata) reaches a height of up to 70 metres in North America.

A Thuja is aromatic! Thuja occidentalis has the smell of apple sauce with cloves; the scent of Thuja plicata is reminiscent of pineapple or apple.

In the period from April to May, inconspicuous blooms appear on Thuja plants. They often develop brown, small cones. Many Thujas turn brownish in the winter. This includes varieties of Thuja occidentalis and Thuja plicata. This browning is a natural process and does not necessarily indicate a deficiency or a damaged plant. The variety 'Brabant', however, keeps its colour even in the winter.

Thuja is Slightly Poisonous

In particular, the Thuja branch tips and cones contain the poisonous substance thujone, which is found in the essential oil. This can cause skin irritation in sensitive people. For this reason, you may want to wear gloves when pruning a Thuja. Caution is also required for grazing animals. Do not leave your hedge trimmings around because Thuja consumed in large quantities can also be deadly to animals.

A Suitable Location

When you buy a Thuja, you should know that it grows best in a sunny location. The soil should not be too dry, especially in the first few years after planting. If a Thuja is well rooted, it will last longer in dry spells. A partially shaded site does not harm a Thuja, but especially the golden Thuja species need more sunny locations, otherwise the desired colour does not occur. However, the blazing midday sun sometimes leads to leaf burn.

One should also know that Thujas, which are planted directly on roads, are sensitive to road salt.

The Correct Soil

The soil should be well-drained and it should provide sufficient nutrients. Thuja is a woody plant that tolerates acidic, neutral or slightly alkaline soil – the appropriate pH values ​​should be between 6 and 7.5. If the soil is too acidic, the addition of calcium cyanamide is recommended. This supplies the Thuja with additional magnesium and calcium.

Maintaining the Tree of Life

If you buy a Thuja, you should water more often at exposed locations in order to avoid water loss due to evaporation. Bark mulch at the base of the plant protects against rapid dehydration of the soil. In particular, freshly planted Thuja plants turn brown quickly when exposed to dryness. Water the Thuja in the winter because it is evergreen and therefore needs water even during the cold season.

If the location is too humid, you should mound up the soil slightly, so that drainage is guaranteed.

Some Thuja plants are endangered by snow pressure. To protect against the snow load you can wrap the branches with a string.

Fertilising a Thuja Properly

Thujas are sensitive to too much mineral fertiliser! Make sure that the soil substrate is moist when applying fertiliser, otherwise it may cause burns.

There is one peculiarity of conifers: that they need enough iron, sulphur and especially magnesium for their foliage. Special conifer fertilisers not only contain nitrogen but also the substances mentioned, however less potassium and phosphorus. Magnesium and iron help produce the rich green leaf colour, but also the yellow scaled leaves that are typical of certain varieties. The fertilisers are available as granules or liquid fertilisers. Especially in sandy soils, which store nutrients poorly, you should resort to the special fertiliser.

The right time to fertilise a Thuja is in the spring – especially if you use a slow-release fertiliser. This allows the shoots to fully mature until the winter. Horn chips or horn meal are also ideal nitrogen suppliers, which you can use until the summer. Thujas tend to form weak roots. For this reason, regular, moderate fertilisation is important if you want to enjoy your tree for a long time.

In autumn, a Thuja is grateful for a portion of Kalimagnesia, a soluble potassium fertiliser. This increases the frost tolerance of the plants. If the Thuja is planted in clay soil, it may be sufficient to fertilise only with compost and potassium.

Epsom salts provide magnesium as magnesium sulphate and produce the desired rich green leaves – even in acute deficiency. If the leaves of a Thuja turn yellow, Epsom salt can be used as an immediate measure.

You should fertilise a Thuja planted in a container twice a year (until July).

Pruning Thuja

When you buy a Thuja, you do not necessarily have to prune it – especially if there is enough room in the garden for it to develop. In this case, the Thuja cut is limited to removing any dead shoots. Of course, you can always perform a careful shape cutting in order to perfect the given growth form. A Thuja can be pruned starting in the spring, after the last frost, up until late summer. It is best to prune on cloudy days, as not much sap is lost (otherwise there is a risk of brown shoot tips).

Give young plants time for their development. Only in the third year after planting should you start with a regular pruning.

In the case of Thuja hedge plants, pruning can be done once to three times a year.  Basically never cut into the old, non-green, bare wood! Because there are no dormant buds located there, any holes that are created will not grow. The more often you prune your hedgerow Thuja, the denser it will become over time. Shortening (by about one third) the wood formed in a growing season stimulates bushy growth.

If you buy a Thuja, the pruning measures are also dependent on the variety: 'Brabant' should have regular pruning, for example, if a certain desired height is to be kept. In terms of the width, there is usually no additional pruning required. When reducing the width, caution should always be exercised as there is a risk of cutting into old wood.

When the desired height is reached, you may be able to cut off the top. This will allow your Thuja to grow in width instead of in height.

Tag cloud

 

Viewed