• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly- weekly or more often in extreme heat. Requires less water once established.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Slow growing 20 ft. tall and 4 to 5 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Year-round Interest
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Does not flower
  • Detail
    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
    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
    Water regularly- weekly or more often in extreme heat. Requires less water once established.
  • History & Lore
    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.