Thuja (Platycladus) orientalis 'Franky Boy'
Common name: 
Franky Boy Chinese Arborvitae
Franky Boy Oriental Arborvitae
THEW-ya o-ree-en-TAH-lis / plat-ee-KLAD-us o-ree-en-TAH-lis
Thuja orientalis 'Franky Boy'
Platycladus orientalis 'Franky Boy'
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Conifer, evergreen, dwarf shrub, has a tear-drop shape, slow growing, 3-6 inches (9-20 cm) per year, with upright tread-like branches bearing small scale leaves, bright yellow new growth, yellowish green later and bronzy-orange in cold winter months. Since its long, branchless stems emerge from the base it has the look of an ornamental grass, but without the winter die-back.
  • Sun to partial shade, well-drained soil   Light shearing will encourage a formal, compact form and provide a proliferation of bright and colorful foliage.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 5   Frank Nursery of Heiligen Eiche, Austria selected 'Franky Boy' from a seedbed around 1990.
  • Taxonomy:  There is general consensus that this species, Thuja orientalis, does not belong in the Thuja genus and has been transferred to the genus Platycladus, hence Platycladus orientalis; therefore Platycladus orientalis ‘Franky Boy’.  However, most horticultural nurseries and retail outlets continue to use the older designation.

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  • plant habit, late spring

    plant habit, late spring

  • foliage


  • branches