Create year-round colour and texture with yellow-tinged evergreen shrubs. These shrubs are breathtaking in all seasons and provide a sunny, cheery display to the garden. Grown in a wide range of shapes and sizes, some of these shrubs have new yellow foliage that progressively becomes darker, while others have yellow tinged branches that complement the green foliage.
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Gold Star Juniper
Gold star juniper (Juniperus chinensis 'Gold Star') is an evergreen shrub with a compact form that is grown for its vibrant foliage. It grows 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide and bears golden yellow branches and pale blue to green foliage. Gold star juniper grows best in full sun and well-drained soil. Hardy, it is also drought tolerant. Grow gold star juniper in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 4 to 9.
Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) is a slow-growing evergreen shrub with a haystack to rounded form that becomes open and loose as the shrub ages. Mountain laurel grows 7 to 15 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide and produces a cinnamon coloured bark. Mountain laurel bears 4- to 5-inch-wide, pink and white flowers that appear in spring and make up the 4- to 6-inch-wide corymbs. The new growth on mountain laurel is yellow to green and as the shrub ages, turns yellow. The glossy foliage on mountain laurel grows 2 to 5 inches long and is occasionally whorled. Hardy, mountain laurel is drought tolerant and thrives in full sun to part shade. It requires moist, well-drained soil that is acidic, but is tolerant of dry soils. Grow mountain laurel in zones 4 to 9.
Oriental arbor vitae (Platycladus orientalis 'Aurea Nana') is a needled evergreen with a dwarf, rounded form. It grows 2 to 5 feet tall and wide and produces scalelike golden yellow foliage that appears in flattened sprays along the shrub. In winter, the foliage on Oriental arbor vitae casts a bronze tinge. Oriental arbor vitae has a distinct red to brown bark that peels as the shrub ages. It thrives in full sun to some light afternoon shade and well-drained, fertile soil. During dry summers, provide a consistent amount of water to the shrub. Grow Oriental arbor vitae zones 6 to 9.
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