Thuja

Thuja spp.

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Small genus of hardy, evergreen, coniferous trees and shrubs with flattened branchlets, originating from forested regions in North America and Eastern Asia. They have aromatic, scale-like leaves that are diamond-shaped or wedge-shaped, arranged in 2 ranks of oppositely arranged pairs. They produce small female or male cones. This genus is widely utilised as ornamental specimen trees (some having gold or bronze-tinted foliage) and also for hedging, with numerous cultivars produced for landscaping. Small species can be used for rock gardens. Thuja blight is a fungal disease that attacks the leaves and shoots, usually of the lower branches. Young trees in particular, can be badly damaged - especially if densely planted and with poor air circulation. Thuja should also be protected from cold, dry winds.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Propagation

Special features

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour

Hedge plant

Winter colour

Drought resistant

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Loam, Sand, Clay

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Alkaline, Acid

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Cupressaceae

Scent

Mild

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