Platycladus orientalis 'Morgan' / Morgan Chinese arborvitae

Platycladus orientalis 'Morgan' is a dwarf, upright conical selection of Chinese arborvitae with soft, feathery fans of lime greenish gold foliage that turns a distinctive bright orange-gold in winter. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 20 to 28 inches (50 - 70 cm) tall and 12 to 16 inches (30 - 40 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the late 1970s by Mal Morgan, a nurseryman from Sydney Australia, who named the plant after himself. Andrews Nursery or Sydney Australia is credited with introducing this desirable and versatile conifer to the nursery trade.

MORGAN IN THE SUMMER — Summer Color is bright green with yellow highlights similar to P. orientalis 'Aurea.' Very soft plant
Photo by John Fertig
Platycladus orientalis 'Morgan'— spring picture changing from orange to vivid green.
Photo by John Fertig
Platycladus orientalis 'Morgan' — at times, listed as a zone 7 plant. My two have survived two Chicago winters, the first mild the second, very cold. They are bright lime/yellow green in the summer and bright orange/gold in the winter.
Photo by John Fertig
Platycladus orientalis 'Morgan' — a close up of winter color.
Photo by John Fertig


John Emery

Platycladus orientalis Morgan was originated by Mal Morgan a nurseryman from Sydney Australia , named after him and produced by Andrews nursery Sydney Australia .

Maxwell Cohn

Thank you for your input, John. I've updated the record to include the origination information you provided. If there are any other Australian introductions that you're very familiar with, please add your helpful comments.