|Outstanding, evergreen shrub with dense, upright branches clothed in sharply pointed needles. Depending on variety, works well as a ground cover, hedge, screen or windbreak. Requires little maintenance. Very tough plant. 'Plumosa Aureovariegata' is marked with deep yellow among the deep green foliage. Mixture of scale and needle-like foliage that turns from light green to yellow to bronze-green in winter. Habit is open and irregular with some branches completely needle-like. Tends to have a one-sided development.