Genus containing only the species Platycladus orientalis, native to South and eastern Asia. Formerlly known as Thuja orientalis. Evergren conifers with scale-like, opposite and decussate, lightly scented foliage that turns brown in winter in cold climates. Their fruits are small, spherical cones.
Latin name: Platycladus orientalis "Golden Ball"
They grow in deep, fertile, drained, moderately moist soils, in sunny, frost-protected sites. Tall plants are used as specimen trees or in hedges. Dwarf varieties are planted in rock gardens and flowerpots.
Propagated by grafting and by semi-hardwood and hardwood cuttings, cut by fingernail in summer and winter.
The typical species can be easily propagated by seeds.
Shrub with a spherical crown and yellow foliage.