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Thuja occidentalis                                                                            

Thuja plicata is the western arborvitae and a much better tree than the eastern arborvitae.  It is more upright, usually a single trunk and fewer pest problems.  The brown cast to the foliage in the winter is common and not a serious issue.  It can grow to over 50 feet tall, but rarely does.

Ht. 25 Spread 15


HABIT: Upright, multi-trunked evergreen shrub or small tree. Plated or juniper-like foliage. Tight, pear-like shape when young, opening with age. Native to Northeast USA.

CULTURE:  Grows anywhere.

USES:   Cemeteries are the primary habitat of this plant.

PROBLEMS:  Every insect known to man either eats or lives in this plant.

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