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Thuja occidentalis - American Arborvitae

Arborvitae - Northern White Cedar

The Northern White Cedar is often called the American Arborvitae. This cedar has flattened branches with green, scaly, fan like foliage. This selection displays good cold hardiness and heat tolerance and is very popular for landscape, hedge rows, and wildlife plantings. The Northern White Cedar is adaptable to most soil types and is somewhat shade tolerant. This cedar will grow in average moisture conditions, but will also do well in those wetter or swampy areas of your property.

Our plants come with extra large and fibrous root systems, ready to plant and flourish!

Key Plant Details


Planting Zones:

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9


Soil Type:

Clay, Sandy, Loamy


Light Requirement:

Part Shade, Part Sun, Sun



Average, Wet

Plant Characteristics


Mature Size:

10-12 foot spread, 30-40 feet in height


Annual Growth Rate:



Bloom Time:

Grown for Foliage


Shop By Use:

Juglone Tolerant, Privacy Screen, Windbreak Selection, Winter Interest

Care Tips

Care Tips - Pruning:

No pruning is necessary unless there are damaged branches.

Care Tips - Soil:

Cool, moist, nutrient-rich soils. Tolerant of compact soils and wet soil.

Care Tips - Uses:

Ornamental, Specimen, Screening, Hedging, Rain Garden

Zone Map

This plant will grow in these zones