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     With a girth that rarely exceeds 15' Arborvitae makes a nice, narrow evergreen for tight spaces or to form a natural hedge or privacy screen.


     It's practically insect and disease free, easy to grow and can live for hundreds of years.


     Arborvitae serves as a larval host to several butterfly and moth species including the Promethea silkmoth.  Arborvitae also provides food and cover for birds, especially non-migrants looking for winter shelter. 


     Arborvitae has soft needles that give off a sweet scent when squeezed and gnarly, reddish-brown bark.  Watch out for deer, though. They love this tree.


     Fun fact: Arborvitae means “tree of life” because tea from the bark was used in the 1500s to prevent scurvy. 

Arborvitae/Northern White Cedar

15 Gallons
    • Latin: Thuja occidentalis
    • Pollinator value: Medium
    • Wetland status: FACW
    • Current Height: 6-7 feet
    • Mature height: 30-40 feet; 10-15-foot spread
    • Light: Full sun to part shade
    • Soil: Medium
    • Foliage: Evergreen
    • Lifespan: 400 years, give or take
    • Landscape: Beautiful native natural hedge; specimen tree
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