- Great hedge, privacy screen, or windbreak
- Narrow, pyramid shape
- Typically grows 20'-30' with 12' spread in urban settings
- Plant 3' apart for hedge
- Zones 3 to 7
- Can't ship to: AK, AZ, HI
Zones 3 - 7
The American Arborvitae can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The American Arborvitae falls into the following type(s): Evergreens
40' - 60' High
The American Arborvitae grows to be 40' - 60' feet in height.
10' - 15' Spread
The American Arborvitae has a spread of about 10' - 15' at full maturity.
Slow to Medium Growth
This tree grows at a slow to medium growth rate. [More about this.]
This arborvitae does well in full sun.
The American Arborvitae grows in acidic, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well drained, wet, wide range, clay soils.
This arborvitae has pyramidal shape.
A dense, often broad-pyramidal tree with short ascending branches to the ground which end in flat, spreading, horizontal sprays; usually one trunk, but multiple trunks may occur. Useful as a specimen or accent, good for hedges, shelter-belts, commonly used as a foundation plant.
Providing shelter in the winter and nesting sites for grackles, robins and house finches in the summer, this evergreen also provides food in the form of browse for deer, cottontail rabbits, snowshoe hares and occasionally moose. The seeds are eaten by red squirrels, and birds such as pine siskins.
The name arborvitae, is a Latin form of the French, "l'arbre de vie," which means, "tree of life." Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist who assigned the Latin name to this species, picked up on other traits. The genus name, Thuja, is from a Greek word for perfume. Squeezing the evergreen leaves releases an aroma that is nothing less than nature's perfume.
The native North American tree, America Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis), was useful in early canoes and medicines and became the first North American tree to be introduced to Europe. The specific name, occidentalis, means "west," the direction from Sweden where this tree was discovered.
Bright green foliage in summer changing to a multitude of rich yellow-brown-green hues in the winter.
Tall, soft, slender, and luxuriously dense, this elegant evergreen requires almost no care when used as a windbreak, hedge, privacy screen or landscape specimen. Plant a pair of these hardy trees to accent your door or garden gate, or a single tree to soften a corner of your home. In the wild, this tree can grow to 40'-60' with a spread of up to 15'. In urban settings, you can expect a height of 20'-30' with a 12' spread. If using this conifer as a hedge, plant them three feet apart. (Zones 3-7)
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The benefits of bare-root trees
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.