CHINESE ARBORVITAE, ORIENTAL ARBORVITAE

Platycladus orientalis, Thuja orientalis

Cupressaceae

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CHINESE ARBORVITAE is native to northeastern Asia, though naturalized elsewhere in Asia, and used in landscaping throughout the U.S. There are many cultivars.

Chinese arborvitae is a small, slow growing tree which may exceed 1000 years in its native region near Beijing, China.

Foliage occurs in bright green, flat, vertically oriented sprays. The leaves are small and scale-like.

Cones are berrylike with horns.

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Seed cones in April. They mature to brown with 6-12 scales in about eight months.

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