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Zones 3-7

Northern White Cedar

Thuja occidentalis

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Northern White Cedar

Thuja occidentalis

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Botanical Name

Thuja occidentalis

Outdoor Growing zone

3-7

Mature Height

20-40

Mature Width

10-15

Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun

The American Arborvitae is a native American tree, and an evergreen, able to handle the coldest zones in the country. It forms an upright column of bright green, growing 20 to 40 feet tall, with a spread of only 10 or 15 feet. It can be used as an effective accent plant, as a lawn tree, or to fill the corners of your garden to frame it attractively. Plant it among existing woodlands, or as a natural screen, Trim it into trees around your home and hedges – this tough, reliable evergreen is invaluable, especially in the coldest places.

  • Upright, columnar evergreen tree
  • Bright green foliage year-round
  • Grows well even in zone 2
  • Tolerates poor soil and wet ground
  • Easily trimmed into formal specimens and hedges

The American Arborvitae is easily grown, anywhere from zone 2 to 7. It thrives in full sun or light shade, in any soil that is not too dry. Unlike many other evergreens, it will grow in damp and even wet soil, such as along streams or lakes, and in low-lying parts of your garden. It has no significant pests or diseases, and it can be trimmed easily anytime of year between late spring and early fall.

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