Thuja orientalis ‘Aurea Nana’

(Dwarf Golden Arborvitae)

By January 18, 2022
Close up of the foliage on a Thuja orientalis 'Aurea Nana'; Dwarf Golden Arborvitae

About Thuja orientalis ‘Aurea Nana’ (Dwarf Golden Arborvitae)

This cone shaped evergreen shrub is called Thuja orientalis ‘Aurea Nana’. Dwarfed (conifer) in nature, this shrub reaches an average landscape size of 4-6′ tall by 3-5′ wide. Commonly known as Dwarf Golden Arborvitae, this shrub is prized for its unique foliage. Shaped in a pedate-palmate form with lobes, its foliage emerges in a green and golden yellow color that gracefully transforms into a rich bronze as the winter season approaches.  While a slow grower, this variety attracts birds, offers year-round interest, and requires little attention.

Care and planting instructions

Using a well-draining soil, plant Dwarf Golden Arborvitae in an area that receives full to partial sun. Water regularly after planting to establish a healthy root system then reduce the frequency to weekly. During periods of extreme heat, make sure that the soil remains moist but not soggy. A general fertilizer can be used in the spring before new growth.

Landscape design ideas

Dwarf Golden Arborvitae looks excellent planted in multiples or used as a privacy screen. It can also be planted in containers and used to frame a path, doorway or add height and variety to a backyard patio. 


Botanical Name: Thuja orientalis 'Aurea Nana'

Common Name: Dwarf Golden Arborvitae

Average Landscape Size: 4-6' x 3-5'

Plant Type: Evergreen

Foliage Color: Green, yellow, bronze

Forms: Shrub

Sizes: 5 gallon

Special Features: Attracts Birds, Dramatic Color, Low Maintenance, Year-round Interest, Seasonal Color Change to Foliage,