Thujopsis dolabrata 'Aurea'

[JC Raulston Arboretum]This is the rarely seen gold-leaf form of false arborvitae. Typical (green-leaf) T. dolabrata forms huge trees in cool-temperate gardens; while plants in the southeastern U.S. tend to be smaller, at best seen as screening hedges. Since 'Aurea' is not widely grown, its ultimate size and performance in our climate remains unknown, but we expect 'Aurea' will form a pyramidal shrub. Close inspection reveals the contrast between the rich yellow-gold upper leaf surface versus the striking white markings beneath.