Arborvitae 101

Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis) is a popular narrow, pyramidal evergreen tree that grows in a wide range of landscapes, from backyards to high rise rooftop gardens. It can provide the perfect amount of privacy while requiring little-to-no maintenance. And with a Latin name meaning “tree of life”, this vigorous workhorse of a plant will definitely bring life to your outdoor space!

Grow arborvitae in full to part sun with average, well-draining soil as it cannot tolerate undrainable, wet soil. In dense shade, Arborvitae will grow much less densely. They can grow up to 30 feet tall, 10 feet wide, and are perfect for screens and hedges. Pruning can be done in early summer, after the spring’s new growth has pushed out.

A fun fact to beware of is deer liking to feast on Arborvitae. Take a look around your neighborhood to see if there are any signs of nibbling at about the 4 foot mark before you plant them.

Also, be on the lookout for bagworm, which can be difficult because they mimic the shape and texture of a pine cone. These can completely defoliate an Arborvitae and it is best to handpick and dispose of any that you may find.

‘Techny’ Arborvitae is larger with dark green coloring. It is extremely cold hardy and more tolerant of soil types.

‘Emerald Green’ Arborvitae is narrow and pyramidal in shape. It is fast growing, which can be a blessing or a curse.

‘Mr. Bowling Ball’ Arborvitae is a compact round variety, growing 3 feet by 3 feet.

iScape it!: Try Arborvitae in your yard using iScape. Add as a hedge or screen in full or part sun without even digging a hole, just snap a photo of the area, or use the new Augmented Reality feature in iScape and see how it looks in your space. So simple, so easy… iScape it!