Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon' / Yellow Ribbon Arborvitae

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.

Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon'
Photo by John Fertig
Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon' Photographed by David in his Kansas garden, USA during October of 2006.
Photo by David Stegmaier
Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon'
Photo by Eric Scott Smith


Eric Smith

Impressive cultivar... so far. I purchased this one as a #3 Monrovia selection a couple of years ago, and it's doing very well here in our 7b full sun. Looks much better than it did when I bought it. I've read it's a high maintenance plant, can anyone confirm that?

[Deleted User]

definitely not a "high maintenance plant." There are a group of these growing in a parking lot in a strip mall where I work . . . an attractive and very tough selection.

Web Editor

Most T. occidentalis are pretty tough out here, although our conditions are quite different.