|Aurea is compact and slow-growing with golden yellow younger leaves, turning greener with age. In general, this is a broadly conical, evergreen, usually with multiple trunks and deeply fissured, purple-gray bark. Mid-green leaves are linear and finely toothed. A few short leaves lie flat along shoots. Tree is monoecious and female cones are oblong-conical, up to 3/4 in. Does well in shade especially when young. Responds well to clipping and shearing if needed to make a tall hedge. Many cultivars available.