Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Slow growing 20 ft. tall and 4 to 5 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Tolerates Wet Soils
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Does not flower
Botanical Pronunciation:THOO-yuh ok-sih-den-TAY-liss
Plant type:Conifer
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Sunset climate zones:1 - 9, 15 - 17, 21 - 24, 32 - 45
Growth habit:Pyramidal
Growth rate:Slow
Average landscape size:Slow growing 20 ft. tall and 4 to 5 ft. wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Does not flower
Design IdeasA valuable hardy alternative to cypress. Produces a fine columnar form used in rows, pairs or as a single specimen. Perfect for an evergreen privacy screen or rich background for water features and art. Performs well in the wet, low lying areas of your garden or natural swamps and bogs. Place in paired containers as a formal statement to an entry or drive.
Companion PlantsPair with the large, textured leaves of Hydrangea, Sumac, Ninebark, and Cranberrybush. The sheared, pyramidal form can mimick a Mediterranean Cypress so create a cold hardy Mediterranean garden with Bog Rosemary, Meadow Sage, Grape, and Yarrow.
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: spring.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
These conifers are members of the cypress family which includes many ornamental and timber genera. The common name is Arborvitae or Tree-of-Life due to its evergreen quality in the face of adversity as well as the medicinal properties of its sap, bark and twigs. There are five species native to North America and Eastern Asia with only three of these in cultivation. T. occidentalis is probably the most widely cultivated and is indigenous to a large range in eastern North America, most notably in wet forests and swamps. It was first cultivated in 1534 and the oldest known living specimen is thought to be over 1000 years old. This plant is attractive to deer who like to feast on the soft, winter foliage.