Golden Cedar

Thuja occidentalis
Great for the holidays and easy to take care of, aside from the fact that its foliage is the preferred snack for local deer. So sorry to all of you deer owners out there.

It's Gifting Szn

Bet your friends have never received an adorable, pre-potted, live coniferous tree before. Plus, don't cut trees—let's grow them.

Moisture Tolerant

This plant would rather be moist than not. So heavy pours are fine, both here and with your holiday drinks.

Not Pet Friendly

It's not that they don't want to be friends, it's just if your pet eats it they're kinda screwed.

While most Thuja occidentalis are native to Eastern Canada and the Northeastern region of the United States, this specific variety is actually from Poland. The yellow coloring in its foliage turns a warm amber in the winter, which is why this variety is named 'Jantar'—Polish for amber.

This plant is commonly called 'arborvitae' in horticulture circles, which in Latin means "tree of life", due to the medicinal properties of its sap, bark and twigs. Its essential oils have been used in cleansers, disinfectants, insecticides, and soaps. Some have even used its twigs to make teas that relieve constipation and headaches, or its extract to treat warts.

Once the holiday season is finished, this plant should be moved into a cooler environment so they receive the proper amount of vernalization, which is just fancy speak for enough cold they require to mimic their natural environment. This can be done by placing them outside, on a balcony, or in another space that has a window that isn't near a heat source.

Size will vary, but total height is about one and a half feet and planter width is 6 inches.

How to not kill me

Watering

Water once a week

Like you during the holidays, this one likes to drink. Make sure to fully drench the soil once it gets dry.

Sunlight

Bright and Indirect

Think bright, dappled light that streams through the classiest of sheer JC Penney curtains. The brighter the better, but direct sunlight will burn its leaves. Let's not do that.

Humidity

Indifferent, like our boy Zeus

Whether you go above and beyond or underperform on maintaining moisture in the air, it won't really care.