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Golden Globe ArborvitaeThuja occidentalis 'Golden Globe'

  • Golden Globe Arborvitae - Thuja occidentalis 'Golden Globe'

The distinct shape and color of the golden globe arborvitae make it a landscape standout. The golden yellow foliage and the natural globe shape work together to enhance any outdoor space. This arborvitae is also a great choice to use as a short hedge or screen.

Hardiness Zones

The golden globe arborvitae can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 3–7. View Map

Tree Type

This is an evergreen shrub, keeping its foliage year-round.

Mature Size

The golden globe arborvitae grows to a height of 2–3' and a spread of 2–3' at maturity.

Growth Speed Slow to Medium Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a slow to medium rate, with height increases of anywhere from less than 12" to 24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun and partial shade are best for this shrub, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The golden globe arborvitae grows well in acidic, loamy and well-drained soils.


This shrub:
  • Works well as a short hedge, low screen, specimen or foundation plant.
  • Releases a pleasing aroma when leaves are squeezed.
  • Grows in a globe shape naturally.
  • Can be pruned.
  • Features distinct golden yellow foliage that displays as a flattened, fan-like spray.
  • Tolerates heat and drought once established.

Wildlife Value

Arborvitae provides nesting sites and cover for birds and small animals. The flower buds, seeds and foliage are a food source for wildlife.


The name arborvitae, is a Latin form of the French, "l'arbre de vie," which means, "tree of life." Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist who assigned the Latin name to this species, picked up on other traits. The genus name, Thuja, is from a Greek word for perfume. Squeezing the evergreen leaves releases an aroma that is nothing less than nature's perfume. The specific name, occidentalis, means "west," the direction from Sweden where this tree was discovered.