Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 2 Professionals
Common Name: American arborvitae
Type: Needled evergreen
Family: Cupressaceae
Zone: 2 to 7
Height: 5.00 to 10.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Time: Non-flowering
Bloom Description: Non-flowering
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Hedge
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Clay Soil, Black Walnut, Air Pollution


Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Foliage density loosens up in too much shade. Tolerates wide range of soils. Likes humid weather with regular rains. In hot and dry weather, periodic, deep waterings are advisable, especially when shrubs are grown as foundation plants. Appreciates a good root zone mulch. Prune in early spring before onset of new growth.

Noteworthy Characteristics

This American arborvitae cultivar is a semi-dwarf, slow-growing, evergreen shrub with an upright, pyramidal habit. Scale-like foliage in flat sprays emerges yellowish-orange in spring, but matures to medium green. Urn-shaped cones to 1/2" long mature in autumn to reddish-brown. Most often seen at maturity as an 8-10' tall shrub with a spread of 2-3'.


No serious insect or disease problems. Bagworms and spider mites are occasional insect pests. Susceptible to damage in winter from ice and snow. Foliage tends to turn greenish-brown (burn) in winter from desiccation and rapid temperature changes.

Garden Uses

Good specimen or accent. Hedge, background plant or foundation plant. Taller plants make a good screen.