Also called Eastern/American Arborvitae
More About Thuja occidentalis
- Upright, conical to pyramidal, with slightly arching branches
- Light green foliage grows in flattened sprays
- Colour fades to a duller bronze-green
- Grows open with age, exposing inner branching
Native to Ontario and parts of North America. The eastern white cedar is native to Canada, from Manitoba east throughout the Great Lakes Region, into Quebec and the Maritime provinces. Isolated populations are found in the northeastern United States and as far south as North Carolina. The common name of arborvitae is Latin for "tree of life" and comes from the early French settlers when they leaned that the native Americans used the tree’s foliage to treat scurvy.
Eastern White Cedar Growing and Maintenance Tips
Typically grown as a hedge, white cedar also can be used in groupings for windscreens or for naturalizing in consistently wet areas. Damage or stem breakage may occur in the winter from ice and snow accumulation. Protection (burlap wrap) from drying, winter winds and road salt is recommended in an exposed location.
Thuja occidentalis Characteristics
Soil MoistureMoist to Average
Moist to Wet Soils
Average to Dry Soils
Landscape usesScreening (privacy)