Thuja occidentalis – Arborvitae or Northern White-cedar


The best tree for screening but only in landscapes fenced against deer which browse it mercilessly in winter. This is a stately conifer with a pyramidal habit, and a thick, flaring, shaggy trunk with a narrow, rounded crown of feathery, fragrant dark green needles that turn ruddy red during winter. The peeling, red-gray bark conceals intoxicatingly aromatic, highly decay-resistant heartwood. Our plants are the straight species not a cultivar and will eventually grow into full-sized trees.

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Cypress family, Cupressaceae

Photo by H. Zell, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Pot size

1-Quart, 3-Gallon