Arbovitae (Thuja Orientalis)

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Growing Zone: 6-11
Growing Zone: 6-11 Outdoors

Plant Specifications

Plant Name Arbovitae
Mature Height 10-12 feet
Mature Width 5-6 feet
Spacing 2-3 feet apart
Sunlight Full to Partial Sun
Temperature Tolerance 30-80°F
Watering Needs Moderate (Once a week)
Growth Rate 10 inches/year
Difficulty Level Easy
Grows Well Indoors Yes, with indirect sunlight
Flowering Time Spring to Early Summer
Origin Native to China

Arborvitae (Thuja Orientalis) is a standout evergreen, celebrated for its resilience and adaptability. Often recognized by its distinct conical shape, it boasts dense, scale-like foliage that remains vibrant throughout the year, providing a constant injection of color to your garden landscape.

How to Grow

Thuja Orientalis is a sturdy evergreen that thrives in a range of soil types, as long as they are well-draining. It enjoys full sun to partial shade, with the former promoting denser growth. The Arborvitae grows well in USDA hardiness zones 6 to 11, showcasing its adaptability to various climates.

Care Tips

Care for your Arborvitae involves consistent watering, particularly during dry spells. While it appreciates moisture, be careful not to overwater and avoid leaving the tree in standing water. Mulching around the base can help retain soil moisture and regulate temperature.


The Arborvitae serves multiple functions in a landscape setting. Its thick foliage makes it an excellent choice for privacy hedges or windbreaks. It's also an attractive specimen or accent tree. For more formal gardens, Arborvitae is a great option due to its amenability to pruning and shaping.

Planting Tips

When planting Arborvitae, select a spot with adequate space to accommodate its mature size. Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball, ensuring the top of the root ball is level with or slightly above the ground level. Backfill the hole, firming the soil gently around the roots. Water thoroughly after planting.


While Arborvitae is relatively low-maintenance, it can benefit from regular pruning to maintain its shape. Pruning is best performed in late winter or early spring before new growth starts. To maintain overall health and vigor, apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring.

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