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Eastern Arborvitae

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Eastern arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis) serves a number of purposes in the garden: as a privacy screen, backdrop for flowers, landscape focal point or container plant. With a range of sizes and shapes, there’s one to fit practically every garden. Plus, its evergreen foliage is appreciated in winter, when many other plants have turned brown or gray.

Eastern arborvitae detail images showing closeup of evergreen foliage

Eastern arborvitae is a popular screening plant because of its thick evergreen foliage and impressive height, which can top 50 feet. Most cultivars are under 15 feet tall and can be topped if they threaten to become too tall. Upright-growing arborvitaes look best in groups—either planted randomly in odd numbers or lined up in a hedge. Rounded arborvitaes lend a unique geometrical shape to a garden.

Good companions include tall, light-colored flowers such as cleome, coreopsis, cosmos and zinnia, which all show well against arborvitae’s dark foliage. Newer cultivars, such as Fire Chief, above center, have bright color in spring and fall to help them stand on their own as a garden focal point.

Eastern arborvitae and goldenrod in landscape

Plant Type: Shrub

Zones: 2–7

Height: 3–50 ft

Width: 3–10 ft

Light Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Foliage Color: Green, Chartreuse, Yellow/Orange

Special Features: Attracts Birds, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Pest Tolerant, Winter Interest

Uses: Container Plant, Screen/Privacy, Accent Shrub

Growing Eastern Arborvitae

Arborvitaes are easy to plant and care for. They like full to part sun and evenly moist, well-drained, acidic soil, although they are relatively drought tolerant once established. Because they are prized by deer, in some areas arborvitae may need winter protection—either spraying a deer repellent or wrapping shrubs in burlap.

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