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Arborvitae ‘Elegantissima’ | Plant Profile

Arborvitae ‘Elegantissima’ (Thuja occidentalis) is a dense and cylindrical evergreen that typically reaches 15′ tall. Its tall, shrub-like form makes it perfect for hedging or natural fencing in areas where space is a concern but green elements are desired.

The flat, soft needs are very tightly packed making this a perfect plant for privacy between yards or small spaces. They require moist, well drained soils.

Pruning is not required for the health of the tree as they are cylindrical by nature. If pruning is desired, limit to once per year and do not take too much of the top and new growth.


Oriental Arborvitae Characteristics

Arborvitae 'Elegantissima' grows in moderately moist soil with full sun to part shade. The flat needles are a light yellowish color that darken to a green in maturity. They will maintain their needles in the winter though they will brown slightly.

These trees are often planted side-by-side to form a hedge or screen. They can also be planted as focal points in a landscape to bring color and texture through the winter months.

Some trimming my be required to maintain a tidy appearance, but avoid over-pruning as this may damage the tree. Some insects may be attracted to these trees but can be gotten rid of using pesticides or picking them off by hand.

'Elegantissima' are a "mid-size" Thuja variety, growing large and wide enough to provide green screens without reaching the massive heights (30+ feet) of 'Green Giant' arbs. This makes them ideal for urban settings where privacy is desired but size can become a limitation.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 5 - 9
10 - 15'
10 - 15'
Bloom Time
Full Sun to Part Shade
Deer Resistant?