The Arborvitae tree

The Arborvitae tree

The Golden Dwarf Arborvitae tree (Thuja orientalis ‘Aurea Nana’)

The Arborvitae tree is a beautiful lime green conifer tree.  Pictured above is the Golden Dwarf Arborvitae a compact dwarf evergreen shrub. With a pointed globe that rarely needs pruning.

It is a bright golden yellow foliage that develops into a rich bronze color in winter. Plant them in pairs or groups in borders, informal rows excellent choice for a border wall to block neighbors or street traffic views.

It can take full sun or partial shade.  It will grow to about 8-10 ft. tall and about 5 ft. wide. You can use this tree as a background evergreen and place smaller flowering perennials or annuals in front.

Facts:  Fast-growing and drought tolerant once they become well established.  Very little maintenance or pruning. Use them to block a neighbor’s view. Use them for a windscreen. The Arborvitae trees are native to eastern Asia and North America.

Problems: They are susceptible to spider mites in dry hot climates.

Growth Rate: Fast – up to 2 ft. per year in the right conditions.

Low maintenance and drought tolerant once established.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 – 9 (Check your garden zone).

The Arborvitae tree

The arborvitae tree
Nice looking Dwarf Golden Arborvitae.



Morgan Chinese Arborvitae


Morgan Chinese Arborvitae – This Arborvitae will only grow to about 8 ft. tall and about 3 ft. wide. Great for a small compact hedge. It is considered a dwarf variety and grows upright and into a pear shape.  Easy care and great for that small hedge in your back or front yard.  Drought tolerant and can be used in a Xeriscape landscape.  Plant them in a formal row for great landscape design.  Like most Arborvitae is slow-growing.


Arborvitae evergreen tree
Large thuja occidentalis

The three Arborvitae trees mentioned in this post will do well throughout the Southwest.  There are lots of Arborvitae that do well in and around the southwest region.  Check out Monrovia’s page for many more types.

Check out our Juniper plants for the Southwest

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