Fire Chief™ Arborvitae


Fire Chief™ Arborvitae is a popular ornamental shrub highly prized for its vibrant foliage and unique visual appeal. With its bright, flaming orange-red foliage that turns a deep maroon in the fall, this arborvitae cultivar will make a bold statement in any landscape. Fire Chief™ Arborvitae is a relatively low-maintenance plant that can adapt to various soil types and growing conditions. It is also highly resistant to deer and other pests. Whether used as a specimen plant or as part of a larger landscape design, the Fire Chief™ Arborvitae is a standout addition to any garden or landscape. Its striking color and easy-care nature make it an excellent choice for novice and experienced gardeners.

  • Scientific Name: Thuja occidentalis ‘Congabe’
  • USDA Zone: 2 – 8
  • Average Height: 3′ – 5′
  • Average Width: 3′ – 5′
  • Sun Exposure: Sun to part sun

Planting/Care Instructions

Before planting, have your soil tested to see what amendments are needed. Click this link to check your frost dates: Frost Dates. Check the light preferences for your plant and choose your plot accordingly. Even if you have the perfect soil and ideal location, you still need to choose the right time of the year, depending on what you are planting.

When you receive your plant, soak the root ball in water for 20 minutes upon arrival before planting or potting. Gently break up the root ball. This will help the plant’s roots to grow out into the soil. Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball of your plant. Fill in the hole tightly with soil to avoid any air pockets. Add a bit of slow-release fertilizer to help new plants to grow quickly. Add the recommended amount per fertilizer instructions. Be sure to water your plants until they are established. In addition, pull weeds out when they appear. They take nutrients from the soil.

Additionally, certain plants may need staking. Whenever they become too heavy to stand independently, add bamboo stakes for the plants to lean against or tie up for support.
Prune plants as needed to encourage growth. If you have trouble keeping up with your pruners, check out our locally hand-made leather pruner holster here.

Lastly, enjoy your Fire Chief™ Arborvitae and your time in the garden!

$1 discount on Slow Release Fertilizer with any purchase!!

Fertilizer Link

Please Note: We currently do not ship plants to Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah or Washington. These states have strict shipping regulations against pests from other states. Extended transit time is also a factor in this decision. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Many factors influence which plants will thrive in a given location. Heat, cold, and elevation are just a few that can have a big impact.
Plants may have been recently potted up and have not completely rooted in. Please grow them in the pots one full growing season before planting in the ground.

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