Thuja occidentalis (American Arborvitae)

The only varieties listed here are those considered shrub-like due to their size (less than 10 ft.). This group of plants really require a more humid environment than our area can provide for best performance. The foliage burns when exposed to cold, dry winter winds and takes on a yellowish tone if not fertilized yearly. Plant in full sun, well-drained soil with added compost, water twice-a-week.

  • T.o. 'Emerald' - 8-10 ft. tall by 3 ft. wide; this columnar plant retains the darkest green color in winter of any plant of this species
  • T.o. 'Globosa' or 'Little Gem' - 4-6 ft. tall by wide; dwarf globe shaped plant usefull in formal settings
  • T.o. 'Rheingold' - 6 ft. tall by 6 ft. wide; pine cone shaped; distinct yellow foliage
  • T.o. 'Woodwardii' - 6 ft. tall by 1.5 ft. wide; slow-growing column; dark green foliage
Category:  Shrubs
Water Use:  Moderate
Sun Exposure:  Full Sun
Height x Spread:  6-10 ft. x 1.5-6 ft
Native:  No
Bees:  No
Birds:  Yes
Butterflies:  No
Cut Flower:  No
Utility Tree:  No
Extra Maintenance:  Yes
Fire Hazard:  Low
Growth Speed:  Moderate
Fall Color:  No
Wind Tolerant:  No
Drought Tolerant:  No
Bloom Time:  Spring