CHINESE ARBORVITAE, ORIENTAL ARBORVITAE

Platycladus orientalis, Thuja orientalis

Cupressaceae

CHINESE ARBORVITAE is native to northeastern Asia, though naturalized elsewhere in Asia, and used in landscaping in the U.S.

It 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.

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

All photos, except as credited to others, are copyright Emerald Canary.