Dwarf Golden Arborvitae (Thuja orientalis ‘Aurea Nana’)


Golden Arborvitae

Thuja orientalis ‘Aurea Nana’

  • Also known as Platycladus orientalis, Dwarf Golden Arborvitae
  • Small to Medium evergreen shrub
  • Very uniform appearance
  • Use as a focal point or plant in lines to create a natural fence
  • Low maintenance, rarely needs pruning
  • Loves the heat

Golden Arborvitae grows slowly and is an excellent choice for anyone that wants to add lots of color without all the maintenance! Native to Northern China, Manchuria, and Korea, Thuja orientalis ‘Aurea Nana’ has a very compact, naturally pointed globe shape and rarely requires any pruning, so they are perfect for narrow spaces and smaller yards. We like to plant a few of these well-behaved shrubs along a wall or fence to create an attractive natural fence or border. Of course, if it is interesting foliage you are after, you will love the transformation in the spring, as the gold foliage gently fades to a vibrant lime green as it matures!

This colorful dwarf evergreen loves the heat, so it prefers to grow where there is reliable partial to full sun exposures. Golden Arborvitae is waterwise too, so once established, it will require low to moderate watering. These are very easy to grow shrubs, combine that with all of its attractive features, and it is easy to see why this arborvitae is a favorite in yards throughout Houston. Fertilizing before new growth begins in the spring is beneficial, so be sure to pick up our fertilizers that are designed specifically for treating Houston’s dense soil.

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Hardy evergreen globe-shaped shrub with golden-yellow foliage

Upright shape with compact foliage pattern

Cold Hardy