Four Fluffy arborvitae showing off their unique texture and color.
Fluffy arborvitae naturally grows as a pyramid of glossy fans of evergreen foliage.
A close look at the braided texture of the foliage of Fluffy Western arborvitae, Thuja plicata.
A closeup view of the glossy golden foliage of Fluffy arborvitae in winter.
Two Fluffy arborvitae in winter, surrounded by snow, showing their golden color.
Two Fluffy arborvitaes planted next to a pillar of blooming Jolly Good clematis.
A specimen of Fluffy arborvitae planted between an orange metal sculpture and a blooming panicle hydrangea.
Fluffy arborvitae growing in a bed surrounded by other evergreens trees and shrubs.
Four Fluffy arborvitae showing off their unique texture and color.
Two Fluffy arborvitae in early spring, surrounded by flowering shrubs that are beginning to emerge.

Fluffy® Arborvitae

Fluffy® Western arborvitae (Thuja plicata) is a beacon of color and touchable texture in the landscape or garden. It naturally grows as a narrow pyramid of shiny “fans” of golden foliage that have an unusual braided look to them. As a Western arborvitae, it is more resistant to severe damage than the standard Eastern arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis), but it should still be protected in areas where deer visit, especially as a young plant. Though it resists burning, a good 2-3″/5-7cm layer of shredded bark mulch over the roots is recommended to help retain soil moisture, especially in winter.

Top reasons to grow Fluffy arborvitae:

  •  Evergreen foliage is a bright, cheerful gold all year-round
  • Thick, glossy foliage has a braided texture
  • Equally suited to being grown as a dramatic specimen, paired at an entryway for formality, or as an unexpected hedge or screen


Additional information

Dimensions3 × 5 ft
Botanical Name

<i>Thuja plicata</i> 'SMNTPGF' PP#30,762; CBRAF


5, 6, 7, 8

Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun


Average, Moist, Well-drained


Borders, Foundations, Hedges, Specimen


Alkaline soil, Clay soil, Evergreen, Native, Salt tolerant, Winter Interest


Tim Wood, Grand Haven, Michigan

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Plant Care

Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) to part sun (4-6 hrs/day)

Soil: Any average soil will do, provided it is well-drained

Water: Average water needs

Fertilizing: Nothing special required – one application of a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants in early spring is sufficient

Pruning: Little needed; may be trimmed in late spring, after the new growth has emerged, if desired.