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A picture of a American arborvitae

American arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald'

Also known as

White cedar, Yellow cedar, Cedar

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

20m

Max

5m

10m

Min

3m

0

American arborvitae Overview

This tree has a delightful fragrance with pale green foliage and yellow-green cones. You can grow in full sun or partial-shade, which will tolerate deep shade if fully established. It is produced in many different varieties which range from dwarf and spreading to very tall and upright.

How to propagate American arborvitae

Seed

You can propagate from seed sown in autumn or spring (but forms selected for leaf colour do not come true).

Cuttings

Evergreen current growth cuttings in autumn to spring. Deciduous softwood cuttings in summer.

Other uses of American arborvitae

Hedging, specimen, ornamental