• Thuja 'Sunny Smaragd'® 23cm
  • Thuja 'Sunny Smaragd'® 23cm
  • Thuja 'Sunny Smaragd'® 23cm
  • Thuja 'Sunny Smaragd'® 23cm
  • Thuja 'Sunny Smaragd'® 23cm

Thuja 'Sunny Smaragd'® 23cm

Special Variety

Thuja occidentalis Sunny Smaragd ('Hoogi023'PBR) EU 51756 - Τούγια

Διάμετρος γλάστρας:23εκ (5lt), Ύψος:40-50εκ.

Μια από τις καλύτερες ποικιλίες Τούγιας!

Υπέροχα φύλλα σε χρυσαφί χρώμα και συμπαγή και αρχιτεκτονική ανάπτυξη. Ανθεκτική, χωρίς απαιτήσεις στον τύπο του χώματος. Και κυρίως, σωστό μέγεθος που δε ξεπερνά τα 2μ σε ύψος.

Σε αντίθεση με τις άλλες ανοικτόχρωμες ποικιλίες Τούγιας, η ‘Sunny Smaragd’ αντέχει σε πλήρη ηλιοφάνεια χωρίς να καίγονται τα φύλλα της.  Επιπλέον το Χειμώνα, διατηρεί τους χρωματισμούς της καλύτερα από όλες τις άλλες ποικιλίες.

Δεν παράγει σπόρους και είναι ιδανική και για διακοσμητικές γλάστρες, καθώς τα φύλλα της δε καφετιάζουν όπως συμβαίνει με αρκετές Τούγιες.

Πως δημιουργήθηκε:

Η ιστορία της θυμίζει την έκφραση ‘ψάχνω βελόνα στα άχυρα’.

Σε ένα φυτώριο στην Ολλανδία, κάποιος παρατήρησε ανάμεσα σε χιλιάδες φυτά πράσινης Τούγιας (Thuja Smaragd) ένα βλαστό που είχε μια ξεχωριστή χρυσαφί απόχρωση. Από αυτό και μόνο το βλαστό θα έπρεπε να προσπαθήσει να παράγει νέα φυτά, με τον κίνδυνο πάντα την αποτυχίας έχοντας μόνο ένα μικρό κομμάτι του φυτού.

Η προσπάθεια ήταν άκρως επιτυχημένη και το αποτέλεσμα πολύ καλύτερο από το αναμενόμενο. Χρειάστηκαν 7 χρόνια δοκιμών και παραγωγής μέχρι να δημιουργηθεί η ‘Sunny Smaragd’ και να γίνει διαθέσιμη στην αγορά.




The conifer that could make conifers trendy again!

Thuja ‘Sunny Smaragd’ has got the look for sure: feathered leaves with a golden tint, handsome shape and stature.. It also has the growing credentials: tough, unfussy about soil.. And, best of all, it behaves itself. Steady growth maxing out at 2 metres… this ain’t no Leylandii, you can be sure of that…!

What’s different about this plant?

Sometimes, golden leaved plants can be weaker than their green leaved cousins. This is because there is less chlorophyll. However, green leaved plants can still create golden leaved mutations from time to time. However, they need to be removed to be developed, away from the dominant, and competitive, green parts of the plant.

However, this new plant, by now nicknamed ‘Sunny Smaragd’, was proving to be a strong grower. It had carried on all the great qualities of ‘Smaragd’. It had tough frost resistance, awesome adaptability and a good, manageable shape. The plant was also good at growing in fully lit or semi-shaded positions.

Importantly, ‘Sunny Smaragd’ didn’t need any sunblock! The feathered leaves didn’t suffer sunburn, despite their golden tinge! In fact, the leaves weren’t just golden, but the tips included an extra little sparkle. This warmer overall colour, and more efficient growth, set ‘Sunny Smaragd’ apart from similar golden conifers.


‘Sunny Smaragd’ is just different than other yellow thuyas – there are 8 special characteristics:

  1. It can grow in full sun, and yet it doesn’t suffer from sunburn so typical for other colored thuyas.
  2. Planted even in partial shade will dye to a beautiful yellow, sunny, warm color. Young growths have a slightly orange color.
  3. In winter, it retains its unique, warm color, much better than other similar varieties.
  4. It doesn’t produce seeds, which brown shucks can spoil the plant and litter the surrounding.
  5. It is dense, shapely and elegant.
  6. Planted in a decorative pot on the terrace, it is a real decoration – it doesn’t get brown, like many others.
  7. It grows faster than eg ‘Golden Smaragd’, so it can be successfully planted as a hedge.
  8. After 10 years, it reaches only 2-2.5 m high, and thanks to that there is no fear that it will dominate the surroundings and get out of control.



Finding the golden glow of Thuja ‘Sunny Smaragd’ must have been like finding a needle in a haystack! However, thanks to the observant eye of Sebastian at Hoogenraad Plant, it was spotted and developed. One day, Sebastian was wandering a crop of thousands of ‘Smaragd’ green Thuja plants, and noticed one single branch had a golden intensity.

Can you imagine how nerve-wracking it must be to discover the beginnings of a new plant, and then take the risk to produce it? Sebastian had to remove the branch and propagate it, and he also needed to see if it would survive away from the green plant. Golden ‘sports’ on plants can often lack vigour.

Thankfully, Sebastiaan’s risk paid off, and this golden opportunity took root, and grew well. Much better than he ever expected actually. Compared to other golden Thuja, this new plant grew steadily and strongly, with a good rounded shape.

Getting that Thuja from the propagation unit to customers gardens wasn’t an overnight process though, it actually took 7 years of
trails, tests, building and building…



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