Thuja occidentalis 'Nigra'
Also called Dark American Arborvitae
More About Thuja occidentalis 'Nigra'
- Upright, conical to pyramidal shape, with slightly arching branches
- Dark green foliage grows in vertical sprays
- A denser, darker cultivar than white cedar
- Low tolerance of dry or drought conditions
Deer find the soft, evergreen foliage very attractive for winter food and will rapidly strip a plant.
Black Cedar Growing and Maintenance Tips
Typically grown as a hedge, black cedars can also be used in groupings for windscreens. Generally, black cedars tend to remain fuller with darker winter foliage than the native white cedar. Damage or stem breakage may occur in the winter from ice and snow accumulation. Protection (burlap wrap) from drying, winter winds is recommended in an exposed location.
Thuja occidentalis 'Nigra' Characteristics
Moist to Wet Soils
Moist to Average
Foliage ColorGreen (dark)
Landscape usesScreening (privacy)