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Golden Feather Arborvitae

Thuja plicata 'Daniellow'

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Golden Feather Arborvitae (Thuja plicata 'Daniellow') at Everett's Gardens

Golden Feather Arborvitae foliage

Golden Feather Arborvitae foliage

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Height:  30 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Giant Arborvitae, Western Arborvitae

Brand:  Monrovia


A beautiful upright tree with sprays of bright yellow foliage throughout summer and interesting shaggy reddish bark; makes a great color accent choice for the home landscape, performs best in moist, humid environments but is adaptable

Ornamental Features

Golden Feather Arborvitae has attractive yellow foliage. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and turn harvest gold in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Feather Arborvitae is an evergreen tree with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Golden Feather Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Golden Feather Arborvitae will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Articulation 
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features