• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing; reaches 20 ft. tall, 4 to 5 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Year-Round Interest
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:THOO-yuh ok-sih-den-TAY-liss
    Plant type:Conifer
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 9, 15 - 17, 21 - 24, 32 - 45
    Growth habit:Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 20 ft. tall, 4 to 5 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.
    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 PlantsSmoke Tree (Cotinus); Spirea (Spiraea); Rose (Rosa); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Daylily (Hemerocallis)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in deep, enriched, evenly moist, well-drained soil; dislikes dry conditions. Mulch around root zone and shelter from drying winds. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Mulch root zone to conserve moisture. Fertilize and prune to shape in early spring. .Pruning time: spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    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.


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