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Oriental Arborvitae | Plant Profile

The Oriental Arborvitae ‘Eligantissima’ (Thuja occidentalis) is a dense and cylindrical evergreen that typically reaches just 15′ tall. Its 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 as 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.

Description

Oriental Arborvitae Characteristics

The Oriental Arborvitae (Platycladus orientalis) 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.

 

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 5 - 9
Height
10 - 15'
Spread
10 - 15'
Bloom Time
Non-flowering
Water
Medium
Sun
Full Sun to Part Shade
Maintenance
Medium
Deer Resistant?
No