Thuja plicata Donn ex D.Don

Western Arborvitae, Western Red Cedar

Cultivar Aurea Foliage

Cultivar Aurea Foliage


Family: Cupressaceae

Genus: Thuja

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: (4)5 To 7

Size: 50 to 150' tall and 15 to 40' wide

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Prefers moist, well-drained soil. Not well adapted to the heat of the South.

Leaves bright, glossy green above, carried in large drooping sprays.


'Aurea' - medium sized treee, conical habit, deep golden-yellow foliage.


Native to Alaska, western Canada and western US. Published in Descr. Pinus v.2 p.19 in 1824 and in ed.3 #61 in 1832.

Synonym Thuja gigantea Nutt.

Introduced to western gardens in 1853 by William See Desc. Pinus information]


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