Berckmans Gold Arborvitae & Blight

samnsarahJanuary 3, 2014

Does anyone know if Berkmans Blight is a common problem with Berckmans Gold Arborvitae in South-central Kansas?

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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

Hadn't heard of "Berckmans Blight," not to say that it doesn't exist around here. I'd be more concerned with Seridium canker or bagworms in this area. Berckmans' seem to have done fairly well in SC KS.

hortster

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 3:53PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

might want to ask the same in the conifer forum ... not many of those peeps hang in the shrub forum ...

ken

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 4:07PM
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samnsarah

Thanks. I'll post this question on the conifers forum as ken suggested.
Thanks for the info hort. You seem to be the expert on what grows in SC Kansas. As far as you know, does Golden Globe Arborvitae perform well in SC Kansas too?
I'm planning to pair a Midnight Magic Crape Myrtle with some sort of gold colored arborvitae, which is why I'm asking all these questions.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 7:45PM
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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

Pretty much most varieties of Thuja orientalis do well here (with the above mentioned maladies to watch for), but T. occidentalis seems to have problems more frequently in this area, so I would lean toward Berckman's. Seems like our extremely hot summer winds and winter droughts affect American arbo varieties more harshly.

The contrast with Midnight Magic crape ought to be striking!

hortster

    Bookmark   January 4, 2014 at 12:16PM
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samnsarah

Thanks, hort.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 7:12PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Note that the common rounded, dwarfish item is actually Aureus Nanus, with Berckman's golden arborvitae being instead the flame-shaped 'Conspicua'.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2014 at 2:22AM
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