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Thuja occidentalis

American Arborvitae, Northern White Cedar, Flat Cedar

Scientific Name:

Thuja occidentalis

Genus:

Thuja

Species Epithet:

occidentalis

Common Name:

American Arborvitae, Northern White Cedar, Flat Cedar

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Cupressaceae (Cypress Family)

Native/Alien:

US Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

12-36 ft., 36-72 ft.

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Dry limestone, dolostone, and calcareous sandstone cliffs, talus, and boulderfields, rarely in our area in calcareous swamps, also planted and persisting around old homesites and cemeteries (mainly in the Mountains). No definitive records for NC. Native south to VA and TN.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Nothing Specified

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S?: Uncertain (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

W3: Watch List: Rare but Questionable Documentation (*Key)

Notes:

Cultivars available. NC Rank SE?.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://nc.audubon.org/conservation/bird-friendly-communities/bird-friendly-native-plants

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/thuja-occidentalis/

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/thuja/occidentalis/



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