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.