Yellow Colored Evergreen Shrubs

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Yellow Colored Evergreen Shrubs
Young mountain laurel shrubs bear yellow to green foliage. (Wataru Yanagida/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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.

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

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 Arborvitae

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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