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Thuja occidentalis

Also called Eastern/American Arborvitae

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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

Interesting Notes:

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.




10-12 m


3-4 m
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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

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Soil Moisture

Moist to Average
Moist to Wet Soils
Average to Dry Soils

Growth Rate



Juglan Tolerant



Foliage Color


Landscape uses

Screening (privacy)
Woodland/woods edge

 Suitable Substitutions for Thuja occidentalis

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