Dwarf Golden Arborvitae (Thuja orientalis ‘Aurea Nana’)


Dwarf Golden Arborvitae

Thuja orientalis ‘Aurea Nana’

Dwarf Golden Arborvitae is one of the most popular golden evergreen conifers for use in a wide range of landscapes in our area. Thuja orientalis ‘Aurea Nana’ are native to northern China, Manchuria and Korea and grow in an upright global shape with bright golden yellow foliage that changes to a stunning bronze color in the winter. We love to plant them in pairs or groups in borders or in formal rows, where their dramatic foliage adds year round interest into any landscape. Their compact, round growth habit also makes them an excellent choice for use a privacy hedge, where they can help block out unwanted views in style, while adding curb appeal along the way!

These Arborvitae keep their naturally pointed globe shape, so they rarely require pruning, which is great news if you haven’t been blessed with a green thumb! They’re slow growing, low maintenance plants and once established, have low to moderate watering needs. Aurea Nana are cold hardy and like to grow in full sun to partial shade exposures and are often used near doorways and gates. Here in Southern California, we plant Dwarf Golden Arborvitae in all types of gardens, from wildlife gardens to urban gardens - their neat and tight size makes them a perfect choice for smaller sized areas!

We recommend feeding your Dwarf Golden Arborvitae plants with any of our Moon Valley fertilizer products to keep your plants looking colorful and thick all year long!

  • Also known as Platycladus orientalis
  • A colorful dwarf evergreen conifer
  • Attracts birds and butterflies
  • A low maintenance plant that rarely requires any pruning
  • A waterwise plant once established
  • Have a wider range of landscape uses, from border, hedge, mass planting, as a focal point and as an interesting accent as a foundation plant
  • Can grow in containers
  • Slow growth rate


Hardy evergreen globe-shaped shrub with golden-yellow foliage

Upright shape with compact foliage pattern

Cold Hardy