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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Oriental Arborvitae

Today we planted 25 Oriental Arborvitae seedlings along 100 feet of the south fence line. The seedlings were shipped from West Texas Nursery in Idalou Texas, part of the Texas A & M Forest Service.  Home | West Texas Nursery

The following information is from The Morton Arboretum - The Morton Arboretum

Oriental arborvitae

Foliage of oriental arborvitae.

Oriental arborvitae is similar in appearance to other species of arborvitae. Nurseries usually sell the cultivars of this plant rather than the actual species and those cultivars can vary greatly in appearance. Winter protection may be needed for this plant. Because it is typically short in stature, oriental arborvitae may be planted under utility lines. Also known as Thuja orientalis.

Botanical name: 

Platycladus orientalis

All common names: 

oriental arborvitae

Family (English): 


Family (Botanic): 


Planting Site: 

  • Residential and parks, 
  • Under utility lines

Tree or Plant Type: 



    Evergreen (foliage year-round)

Native Locale: 


Landscape Uses: 

  • Foundation, 
  • Hedge, 
  • Mixed border, 
  • Patio/sidewalk, 
  • Screen, 
  • Specimen, 
  • Utility

Size Range: 

  • Small tree (15-25 feet), 
  • Compact tree (10-15 feet), 
  • Large shrub (more than 8 feet), 
  • Medium shrub (5-8 feet), 
  • Small shrub (3-5 feet)

Mature Height: 

18-25 feet

Mature Width: 

10-15 feet

Light Exposure: 

    Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)

Hardiness Zones: 

  • Zone 6, 
  • Zone 7, 
  • Zone 8, 
  • Zone 9, 
  • Zone 10, 
  • Zone 11

Soil Preference: 

    Moist, well-drained soil


  • Dry sites, 
  • Alkaline soil

Acid Soils: 


Alkaline Soils: 


Salt Spray: 

    Moderately Tolerant

Soil Salt: 


Drought Conditions: 


Poor Drainage: 


A few days  later I realized we found some poison ivy. Itch, itch, itch....yuck!

Update on May 7

These plants have not been doing very well where they are planted. I decided to put them in pots and put the pots around the vegetable garden. They seem to be doing better but just not thriving.....

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