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Fluffy® Western Arborvitae Thuja plicata

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter
Mature Size
10' 6' 3.0m 1.8m
Height: 5' - 10'
Spread: 3' - 6'
Height: 1.5m - 3.0m
Spread: 91cm - 1.8m
  • Details

    60 - 120 Inches
    36 - 72 Inches
    36 - 72 Inches
    1.5m - 3.0m
    91cm - 1.8m
    91cm - 1.8m


    It's so...fluffy!

    You'll love what Fluffy Western arborvitae does for your landscape! This unique evergreen has soft, bold foliage that emerges yellow and gives the plant a halo-like effect in the landscape. Its cheerful color persists even in winter. It naturally grows with a pyramidal shape that adds structure and shape to the garden. Available in better garden centers in spring 2019.

    Top reasons to grow Fluffy Arborvitae:

    - A very unique effect in both color and texture.

    - Easy care: keeps its pyramidal shape without pruning.

    - Native to North America.

    Winter Interest
    Native to North America


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    60 - 120 Inches 1.5m - 3.0m
    36 - 72 Inches 91cm - 1.8m
    36 - 72 Inches 91cm - 1.8m
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Yellow and green
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
    Water Category: 
    Border Plant
    Good for Screening
    Mass Planting
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    Thanks to its distinctive habit and colorful foliage, Fluffy makes a true statement in the landscape. Try it as a specimen, or pair them at a door or entrance for a dash of fun formality.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Plant Western arborvitae in moist but well-drained soil. If you wish to prune it, do so in spring, after the new growth has begun to flush out.

    Fun Facts: 

    The foliage of Western arborvitae has a very distinctive braided look. While deer may certainly browse it, Western arborvitae (Thuja plicata) is generally considered to be more deer resistant than its counterpart, Eastern arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis).

    Fluffy® Thuja plicata 'SMNTPGF' USPP 30,762, Can PBRAF
  • 5 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I purchased two last year via mail order from a reputable nursery. Thus, they were smaller then if I purchased them at a local place. I purchase most of my plants/shrubs/roses via mail order from two different greenhouses because I can’t find certain plants at the local big box stores and I find those stores do not care for the plants like the nurseries I order through. I planted both in the same area, one died but the other is doing good. It’s not growing as fast as I had hoped but it’s definitely grown. I think it’s due to the location. I have a hard time with plants on the South side of my house due to amount of Sun and soil conditions. I have been working to improve the soil but it’s not an easy task due to the amount of rock in the area. I have dug up and removed so many rocks that I have used to make multiple retaining walls. It’s a lot of work but worth it in the end. I like the color and look of this evergreen and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an evergreen that grows in a pyramid shape and isn’t the typical green ones you see. This one has characteristics that are eye catching.

      , Massachusetts
      , United States
      , 39 weeks ago
    • I absolutely LOVE my Fluffy. I bought it from a high end garden center where it had overwintered in it's container. I transpanted it into a large container for a front entryway and it's a show stopper paired with a PW Winecraft Black Smokebush for high contrast and dark leaved begonias with white flowers under them for a classy entryway. The Fluffy has small holiday lights that light up the stairs in the evening year round. I wish you could upload pics because I am thrilled with the impact.

      , Connecticut
      , United States
      , 44 weeks ago
    • Purchased two of these in 1 gallon pots. They arrived TINY! They didn't really even have root balls, just looked like they cut a sprig off a full grown tree and stuck it in a pot. Pretty disappointed

      , Colorado
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I purchased 4 of these Fluffy® Western Arborvitae & 4 lived. After 12 months, they've more than doubled in size. Very tough plants that’s survived the winter in small pots.

      Mackenzie Henry
      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
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