Thuja occidentalis ‘Yellow Ribbon’ is a distinctive, narrow, upright selection of Arborvitae with attractive golden yellow foliage that is persistent throughout the year and does not burn when grown in full sun. In winter in colder climates, the yellow will burnish a little toward bronze, but always looks good in the landscape. After 10 years, a mature specimen will measure 10 feet (3 m) tall and 30 inches (70 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 12 inches (30 cm) or more.
This cultivar originated as a golden branch sport found in the early 1980s by H.J. van de Laar and later introduced to the nursery trade by F.A. Ruizdal & Son Nursery, Wavereen, The Netherlands.