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Oriental arborvitae - Platycladus orientalis

Go to - Landscape Trees
Landscape Shrubs

Family - Cupressaceae

The Oriental arborvitae is a long time Florida landscape favorite that grows as a large shrub or a small tree up to 40 feet tall with a 12 to 15 foot spread. When young Oriental arborvitae grows in a dense cone shape, becoming more open and spreading as the tree gets older.

A Native to China, Japan and N. Korea, this evergreen conifer requires little to no pruning and is often used as a windbreak or screen when spaced 10 to 15 feet apart.

This tree will usually produce several trunks when young, these can removed early on to produce a single trunk. Leaves are needle-like, arranged in flat vertical sprays toward the ends of many branchlets, the bark is reddish-brown and very fibrous. Flowers are inconspicuous, cones are 1/2 to 3/4 inch long, bluish-green in color and produced near the branch tips.

U.S.D.A. zones 8- 10. Full sun is best for a compact form, less light produces a more open, spindly growth.

Oriental arborvitae is tolerant of a wide variety of soil pH and compositions and is resistant to drought once established. New plantings should be watered when dry, but don't keep the roots constantly wet.

There are many cultivars available in different heights plus some with golden yellow or blue-gray leaf color.

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