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American Arborvitae

Plant Leaf

Full Plant

Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Thuja occidentalis

Flower Description:

Native Americans denominated it the “Tree of Life”. Needles are soft and green, with spreading flat sprays of overlapping scales at the ends of short, ascending branches.

Season Bloom
HabitatExtremely common evergreen tree or shrub, used often as a specimen, in hedges or for privacy. The small cones open up to look like small flowers and appeal to birds.
Leaf DescriptionInconspicuous, separate male and female flowers. Tiny oval seed cones mature from yellow to light brown. When cones open they look like little roses.
Soil Type Wet
Light Source Partial Shade, Sun