Skip to main content

Tree Browser

With these characteristics: None

Thuja (Platycladus) orientalis

Arborvitae, Oriental

Cupressaceae - Cypress

Description

See Northern White-Cedar.

Leaves: Bright yellowish or medium green in summer, but can turn brown during winter; scales triangular, in pairs, bluntly pointed, grooved on back side, small (1/16" to 1/8" long); branchlets almost vertical, somewhat flattened; resinous smell when crushed; evergreen.

Twigs/buds: Twigs arranged in vertically flattened sprays.

Flowers/fruit: Monoecious; fruit a cone; 1/3" to 1" long; upright; 6 to 8 scales, thicker than above.

Bark: Grayish-brown, orange, or reddish-brown; thin, shredding, fibrous, and stringy; it is often separated into long strips.

Wood: Information unavailable.

General: Native to Korea, Manchuria, and northern China.  Medium to slow growth.  Prefers abundant water, but may survive on drier sites.

Landscape Use: Planted in Utah, but generally not very cold hardy and will winter burn.  Not as desirable as Thuja occidentalis.  Zones 6-9.

Cultivars: 'Aurea Nana', 'Baker', 'Beverleyensis', 'Blue Cone', 'Bonita', 'Compacta', 'Conspicua', 'Elegantissima', 'Filiformis Aurea', 'Filiformis Erecta', 'Fruitlandii', 'Golden Ball', 'Green Cone', 'Juniperoides', 'Meldensis', 'Minima', 'Pyramidalis', 'Sieboldii', 'Westmont'.

 

Characteristics

General

Family:
Cupressaceae - Cypress
Cultivar Availability:
Yes
Hardiness Zone:
6-9
Type:
Conifer
Utah Native:
No

Growth

Growth Rate:
Low
Mature Height:
Medium
Longevity:
Medium
Is Good Under Power Lines:
No
Crown Shape:
Pyramidal

Ornamental

Bark:
No
Fall Color:
No
Flowers:
No
Foliage:
Yes
Fruit:
Yes

Tolerence

Shade:
Low
Salt:
Low
Drought:
Medium
Poor Drainage:
High
Alkalinity:
High
Transplanting:
Medium