northern whitecedar, arborvitae - Cupressaceae Thuja occidentalis


Common Namenorthern whitecedar, arborvitae
iTree CodeTHOC2

Plant Form

FormTree or shrub: small to medium tree or large shrub, conical crown
Height50 feet
Spread25 feet

Identification Description

Foliagefanned & flattened scales, soft, aromatic Leaf Type  Information Icon Scale-like
Barkthin brown/gray vertical strips, fibrous
Budminiscule, barely visible to the naked eye Bud Arrangement Information Icon None
Twigorange/brown thin, flexible with scales
Flowermale: small, tan; female flowers tan/light green; both on same tree appearing in spring
Fruitupright, 1/2”, oblong, slightly woody, brown
Fall Colorgreen

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zones pH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min3b Min5.1 SoilModerate
Max7a Max7.0 SprayModerate

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
Intermediate Intolerant No

Species Status

Nebraska Native
U.S. Native Yes Check
Region of OriginUnited States, Canada
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