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Golden Feather Arborvitae

Thuja plicata 'Daniellow' (PP#20,267)

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How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

About Me

The Golden Feather Arborvitae is a unique version of the western red cedar, notable for its rich golden yellow foliage all year round. Whatever the season you can rely on this beautiful tree to bring light and brightness to your garden. Its feathery foliage is yellow even deep inside the bush, and it has a powerful fragrance of woodsy pineapple. Even without trimming this plant will stay narrow and upright, reaching 10 feet in ten years and passing 20 feet tall in time. It is ideal for specimens in the lawn or around your home, and it can also be grown as a beautiful screen or hedge.

  • Superb feathery foliage is golden yellow all year round
  • Natural upright column without trimming
  • Moderate growth rate to 20 feet or more
  • Enjoys climates with cool, damp summers
  • Beautiful choice for a unique golden hedge

The Golden Feather Arborvitae will have the strongest foliage color when grown in full sun, but it will also grow well in partial shade. It grows best in areas with mild, moist summers and moderate winters, and it thrives in moist, well-drained soils, including clay soils. It has no significant pests or diseases, and it is a very easy and rewarding plant to grow, bringing color and beauty to any garden. For a very tight form it can be trimmed once or twice a year, in early spring and late summer.

Plant Hardiness Zones 5-8
Mature Width 2-3
Mature Height 8-10
Soil Conditions Moist, Well-Drained Soil
Sunlight Full Sun to Partial Shade
Drought Tolerance Moderate Dought Tolerance
Zones 5-8

The Golden Feather Arborvitae is a remarkable evergreen for moderate climates, capable of growing 9 inches a year when young, and soon becoming an attractive conical tree that is ideal as an accent or specimen plant. What makes it so outstanding? It’s simple – this tree is a rich shade of golden yellow, and it stays that way for every day of the year. There are other yellow evergreens, but most of them turn greenish in summer, or through the winter, so that they are only outstanding for a time n spring. Not the Golden Feather Arborvitae. Every day you step into your garden, there it will be, a striking golden yellow specimen, full of light and beauty.

The Golden Feather Arborvitae grows steadily into a narrow conical form. Left untrimmed it will be 8 to 10 feet tall in ten years, and about 2 feet wide. In time it will certainly reach 20 feet, but still, only be 6 to 8 feet wide. Like all other conifer evergreens, it will grow throughout its life, adding several inches each year, even as an older plant, but it will always stay conical and upright. The foliage is soft to the touch, with tiny leaves that cling tightly to the stems. These grow in feathery horizontal layers, with a graceful charm. If you crush the foliage you will release a powerful fragrance reminiscent of pineapple and forests. But what really wins us over is the rich golden-yellow color of the leaves, which penetrates deeply into the center of the bush, making the whole plant glow and shine. This color is perhaps freshest in spring when the new growth emerges, but you will see then how little the older leaves have changed over the year, and how golden yellow they still are. Every day is a golden day with this tree in your yard.

Growing Golden Feather Arborvitae Trees

Use the Golden Feather Arborvitae as a beautiful lawn specimen. Plant it among large shrubs for a gorgeous accent to their plain green leaves. Use it around your home in the foundation planting, perhaps between windows, or on either side of an entrance porch or door. Plant it in groups to fill the corners of your yard and provide year-round screening. It can also be planted as a unique golden hedge, along a boundary, or perhaps to separate one part of your garden from another. Space plants 3 feet apart to build that golden hedge and trim it once or twice a year. Trim once it begins to grow, and don’t wait until it reaches full size to start trimming. Removing an inch or so from it while it is developing will give you the densest and best-formed hedge possible, but don’t start trimming until your plants are established and growing well.

The Golden Feather Arborvitae is best grown in areas with moderate climates. It thrives in zones 5 to 8, across a large part of the country, but it prefers areas with mild winters and summers that are moist and not hot. Much of the north-east and north-west is an ideal area for it to grow in. It grows best in moist, well-drained soil, and it tolerates clay soils well. Do not plant in soil that is often dry, although once established it will tolerate brief periods of drought. Plant in full sun for the brightest foliage color, but it will also grow well in partial shade, especially in warmer zones, where some afternoon cooling shade can be beneficial.

History and Origins of Golden Feather Arborvitae Trees

The Golden Feather Arborvitae is a special form of the western red cedar, Thuja plicata, a native American tree. It grows from southern Alaska down the Pacific coast to northern California, and through the Rockies from British Columbia to Montana. Wild trees can reach 200 feet in height, and live for a thousand years, and it is an important tree in the northeastern forests. It grows well in much of northern Europe too, where it is used for hedges and specimen trees. In the 1980s a vigorous, narrower, upright variety called ‘Gelderland’ was developed in Europe. 

That compact tree is a favorite choice for hedges in The Netherlands, and it was there, in 1997, that Albertus Fye Daniels spotted a unique branch growing on a plant of ‘Gelderland’ at his nursery in Nijerk. This branch had rich golden foliage, completely different from the deep-green foliage of the parent plant. When he grew new plants from that branch they developed into golden-yellow upright bushes, and he named his new plant ‘Daniellow’. In 2009 he patented it in America, and it is today produced by Monrovia Nurseries, California, with the name Golden Feather. We are excited to have been able to find some beautiful young plants of this very special evergreen. We know from experience how popular golden foliage is, and these plants will not be with us for long. Order now, and enjoy the bright, feathery, golden foliage of this beautiful tree in your garden. A wise choice.

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Golden Feather Arborvitae

Thuja plicata 'Daniellow' (PP#20,267)

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