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 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.

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.