- 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.