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American Arborvitae Trees - Fast Growing Evergreen Tree

American Arborvitae trees thrive best in Zones 3-7

American Arborvitae (also quite commonly referred to as Thuja Occidentalis) trees are a slow-growing evergreen tree that comes from the Cypress family. American Arborvitae leaves, like pretty much all arborvitaes, are more scale-like and soft to the touch rather than the prickly leaves many associate with Evergreens, and as such tend to develop thick, dense foliage. It also can be a favorite snack for deer and some other smaller mammals during the winter periods.

Originally hailing from northern climes, American Arborvitae prefers cooler climates over warmer climates and also requires very little in the way of maintenance. Just plant it anywhere that gets full to partial sunlight, and preferably in moist soil with more of an alkaline pH level as American Arborviate tends to thrive in these conditions. However, as it is very adaptable, it can be placed in soils that are less welcoming and even slightly acidic, though it won't grow as fast in these conditions.


Landscaping with American Arborvitae

American Arborvitae (Thuja Occidentalis) is a very popular choice in the use of landscaping and as an ornamental tree, with many varieties including more compact dwarf cultivars. In fact, hundreds of cultivars for American Arborvitae trees exist. Some popular choices are:

  • Green Giant Arborvitaes

  • Techny Arborvitae

  • Emerald Green Arborvitae

Typically when younger the American Arborvitae starts out in a narrower, more column-like shape, eventually maturing out into a more conical shape as it gets older. It can be easily shaped yourself however, especially if pruning begins while it's younger.

Given it's popularity and versatility, American Arborvitae has many popular uses such as:

  • Privacy or "Screening" trees (Makes a great hedge or a "living" fence)

  • Great as a natural wind break and/or as foundational planting

  • Great as general ornamentation and as an accent to overall ambiance. Pairs of these hardy trees make great accents for doors and garden gates while single specimens soften house corners.


Thuja Needles

Information on some of the other popular varieties of trees we carry...

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   Information on Norway Spruce trees

   Information on Colorado Blue Spruce trees

 

If you have any further questions regarding our American Arborvitae-Thuja Occidentalis trees or anything else, contact us today!

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