Family: Cupressaceae

Scientific Name: Thuja occidentalis Yellow Ribbon

Common Name: Yellow Ribbon Arborvitae

DescriptionA pyramidal Arborvitae with yellow foliage throughout the entire year.
Plant TypeAll Plants, Shrubs Coniferous
Hardiness Zone3-8
Sunlightfull to partial shade
Moistureaverage to moist
Soil & Siteaverage to moist
Temperaturecooler temperatures during the fall and spring bring out the brightest colors of the foliage
Flowersnot of ornamental value
LeavesThe foliage is yellow during the summer, deeper golden yellow in the winter and spring.
Dimensionsplants in my yard are over 15 feet tall with a spread of 6-8 feet
MaintenanceA light shearing may be needed to maintain size. Heavy snow can cause the plants to split and open up. I have tied them together to bring them back into shape. Like most Arborvitae it will accumulate a good amount of dead foliage in the center. I like to tap the plant with the flat side of a leaf rake to knock lose the brown foliage. All Arborvitae are among the easiest of the evergreen shrubs to transplant.
Cultivar OriginDutch
Author's NotesI have three large Yellow Ribbon Arborvitae in my yard. Very ornamental in the cold to cooler time of the year.
Notes & Reference#01-Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (Michael Dirr), #144-Missouri Botanical Gardens web site (
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