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Cultural Details for Thuja occidentalis

Common Name:
Eastern (American) Arborvitae

Growth Rate:
slow to medium

Average Mature Height:
20-30' in landscape, but can get to 40-60'

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Monoecious, terminal, solitary

Fruit Details:
cones oblong, 0.33-0.5" long, light brown, scales 8-10, usually 4 of which are fertile.

Fall Color:
usually evergreen, but may change to shades of yellow-brown-green in winter.

Bark Details:
Grayish brown to reddish brown, 0.25-0.33" thick, fibrous, forming a close netwoork of connecting ridges and shallow furrows.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Subject to bagworm, heart rot, leaf iner, spider mites, and deer browsing.

Native Habitat:
Eastern North America

Other Features:
Useful as a specimin or accent planting. Also good for hedges and shelter-belts.

Culture and Care:
Requires a deep, well-drained soil (thrives in marshy loam), tolerates limestone soils. Plant in full sun in areas with considerable atmospheric moisture. Susceptable to strong wind, snow, and Ice. Will take considerable heat and drought once established.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
1059, 1061, 1062, 1063, 1064, 1149, 1241, 5521, 5522, 5523, 5524, 5525

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.