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Franky Boy Arborvitae

Thuja orientalis 'Franky Boy'

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Franky Boy Arborvitae (Thuja orientalis 'Franky Boy') at Frisella Nursery

Franky Boy Arborvitae

Franky Boy Arborvitae

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Franky Boy Arborvitae (Thuja orientalis 'Franky Boy') at Frisella Nursery

Franky Boy Arborvitae foliage

Franky Boy Arborvitae foliage

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Height:  4 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Platycladus orientalis


This exquisite variety produces threadlike branches with tiny scale like leaves that are bright yellow-green; puts on a dramatic winter show when the outer edges of the plant turn a rusty bronze color; makes a great garden accent or low hedge

Ornamental Features

Franky Boy Arborvitae is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its decidedly oval form. It has chartreuse evergreen foliage which emerges yellow in spring. The threadlike sprays of foliage turn coppery-bronze in the fall, which persists throughout the winter. The shaggy antique red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Franky Boy Arborvitae is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a shapely oval form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Franky Boy Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Franky Boy Arborvitae will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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