Morpankhi, golden thuja, Thuja occidentalis
|Polybag size / Pot size
|Polybag: 10x10, 3.9L or Polybag: 18x18, 26.5L
|12'' or 2'
|Plants Usage in Landscape
|Container Planting or Outdoor Plants
|Landscape uses Hedge & Screen
Morpankhi, scientifically known as Thuja occidentalis, is a captivating evergreen coniferous shrub renowned for its striking golden-yellow foliage. Native to North America, this Thuja variety has gained popularity worldwide as an ornamental plant, adding a touch of elegance and color to gardens and landscapes.
Appearance: Morpankhi exhibits a compact, pyramidal growth form, with dense branches covered in fine, scale-like leaves. What sets it apart is the vibrant golden-yellow hue of its foliage, making it a standout feature in any setting.
Foliage: The soft, feathery foliage of Morpankhi is aromatic when crushed, emitting a pleasant fragrance. The leaves maintain their golden color throughout the year, offering year-round visual appeal.
Size: Depending on the specific cultivar and growing conditions, Morpankhi typically reaches a height of 6 to 15 feet (1.8 to 4.5 meters) with a comparable spread.
Ideal Location in Landscaping:
Morpankhi's distinctive appearance and hardy nature make it a versatile choice for various landscaping applications:
Privacy Screen: Plant Morpankhi in rows to create an attractive and effective privacy screen. Its golden foliage adds a touch of warmth and elegance to your outdoor space.
Accent Plant: Use it as a focal point in your garden, where its vibrant color can draw attention and create visual interest.
Container Gardening: Morpankhi adapts well to container gardening, allowing you to showcase its golden beauty on patios, decks, or balconies.
Mixed Borders: Incorporate Morpankhi into mixed borders or shrub beds to provide a contrasting backdrop for other plants.
Maintenance and Care:
- Sunlight: Morpankhi thrives in full sun to partial shade. It appreciates at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily for optimal growth and color development.
- Soil: Well-draining soil is crucial. Morpankhi prefers slightly acidic to neutral soil with good drainage.
- Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during the plant's establishment phase. Once established, it is moderately drought-tolerant.
- Pruning: Minimal pruning is required to maintain its shape. Trim back any dead or overgrown branches in late winter or early spring.
- Fertilization: Fertilize with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in spring to support healthy growth.
Pest and Diseases:
Morpankhi is generally resistant to most pests and diseases. However, it can occasionally face issues like bagworms or spider mites. Regular inspections and prompt treatment with appropriate insecticides can help keep these issues in check.
- Morpankhi can be susceptible to fungal diseases and browning of leaves in humid conditions. Ensure good air circulation and avoid overwatering to mitigate these issues.