|Elegantissima is a conical bush producing golden yellow leaves that age to yellow-green and turn bronze during the winter. In general, Thuja orientalis is a dense, compact large shrub or small tree. In youth it tends to be columnar, in age assumes a looser and more open proportion. Foliage is yellow-green to bright green, darkens when older. Flowers are inconspicuous, cones are small, round, bluish colored when young. Useful in the southeastern and southwestern U.S. Prefers dry winters, shelter from wind, can not tolerate excessively wet soil. Subject to Bagworm and spider mites, as well as other pests. Can be used as a specimen or hedge. Native to Korea, China. Several cultivars are available.