• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly in extreme heat. Requires less water once established.
    Average Landscape Size:
    12 to 25 ft. tall, 3 to 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Waterwise Plant
    Does not flower
  • Detail
    Plant type:Conifer
    Growth habit:Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:12 to 25 ft. tall, 3 to 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Does not flower
    Design IdeasA columnar evergreen is highly versatile. May be lined up for visual barrier, informal hedge or moderate windscreen. Consider a pair of them to flank a driveway entry or that of a larger house. Often used perfectly spaced in two parallel rows to create an enhanced focal point and perspective. Well suited to softening very tall barren walls of a house.
    Companion PlantsExploit contrast by using open headed flowering trees to contrast against dark green arborvitae. Try Cheal's Weeping Cherry, (Prunus serrulata 'Kiku-shidare-zakura'), Golden Raindrops Crabapple, (Malus transitoria 'Schmidcutleaf'), Celestial Dogwood, (Cornus x 'Rutdan'), Fort McNair Horse Chestnut, (Aesculus x carnea 'Fort McNair').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.
    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 in extreme heat. Requires less water once established.
  • History & Lore
    This species is a native to the northeastern quadrant of North America well into Canada. An important species of the wet-mesic coniferous forests. Oil is distilled from its foliage used in perfume and medicine. Decay resistant wood is milled for fence posts and foundations.
    The foliage is rich in Vitamin C which was used by Native Americans and early Europeans to treat scurvy, hence the common name translation "tree of life".