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Platycladus orientalis /Oriental Arborvitae

Platycladus orientalis  / Platycladus orientalis
Classical form of the arborvitae
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Classical form of the arborvitae

Large seventy plus year old specimen arborvitae growing on the grounds of the Louisiana State Capitol

Late summer seed pods and foliage

Large mature specimen arborvitaes

Specimen shrubs

Clusters of seed pods and foliage

Old specimen growing in full sunlight and well drained soils

Large but relatively young shrub

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Scientific Name: Platycladus orientalis
Common Name: Oriental Arborvitae
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Green, Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Comments: This shrub has a pyramidal or teardrop shape and flattened branches. Survives well in urban areas and has a high drought tolerance. It is too often used in home foundation plantings where the form is out of place and where it soon outgrows the limited space.