American Arborvitae 6-12"

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American Arborvitae 6-12" Description


American Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis)



American Arborvitae: Thuja occindentalis, the American Arborvitae, enjoys immense popularity in the United States. It's a tall, pyramid-shaped, woody, evergreen shrub in the cedar family.



Arborvitae will grow well in either full sunshine or part shade in the moderate growing zones 4 through 9. This species is native to North America, originating along the east coast from the Appalachian foothills to Canada. It does not mind living in wetter soil.




If this shrub looks familiar, but the name doesn't sound quite right, it's because gardeners call it by different names, according to region. Here are three other common names for Thuja occidentalis:




  • ● Eastern Arborvitae
  • ● Eastern White Cedar
  • ● Northern White Cedar




How American Arborvitae Benefits Your Landscape




Here are a few ways TN Nursery suggests using American arborvitae--and how they benefit your yard.


  • ● Wildlife refuge: American arborvitae has compact, sturdy branches with dense needles. Birds see them as the perfect place to build their nests, lay eggs, and raise their youngsters. This shrub is an excellent addition to your yard if you're a birdwatcher.
  • ● Snow fence/windbreaker: Skip building an unattractive snow fence or wall as a windbreak. Plant arborvitae, instead. They stay green all year and can tolerate high winds and keep the snow away from your home.
  • ● Fast-growing: American arborvitae generally grow at least three feet per year. You won't need to nurture them for decades to maturity, just a few years.




American Arborvitae: Tall, Green, and Handsome




American arborvitae grows to an average height of forty to sixty feet. As it matures, it forms a triangular shape with a decidedly wide bottom and pointed top. 




The color is a Christmastime green, with tiny but highly fragrant needles. Those needles grow on the sturdy branches in impressively sized, flat sprays. It is a classic evergreen to include in your garden.




Order Your Thuja occidentalis From TN Nursery Today


TN Nursery is an industry leader with repeat customers who rely on us for consistency and quality. Please place your order with complete trust that you will receive the healthiest American arborvitae.


American Arborvitae


American arborvitae (Scientific name: Thuja occindentalis) is a fast-growing, evergreen, North American native tree that many gardeners around the Unites States adore. It is a beautiful, rich green color with an eye-catching triangular shape.


Where will this evergreen tree grow? American arborvitae needs a sunny or partially sunny spot to thrive. It needs about an inch or more of water per week and will perform well in rich, moist soil. It performs best in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 to 9.


Some gardeners also call the American arborvitae the following alternate names: the northern white cedar, eastern white cedar, and eastern arborvitae.


The Grand Stature of the American Arborvitae


Thuja occidentalis is the first choice of many gardeners to use as a windbreak, natural snow fence, or privacy screen. This tall, lovely tree is a fast grower--up to 36" of growth per year--making it one of the fastest-growing evergreens.


This tree can reach a soaring sixty-foot height when mature; however, it generally stays around forty to fifty feet.


The wood is dark green with attractive furrowing. The branches are slender but strong enough to hold the foliage. The needles emit a fresh pine fragrance and form in handsome flat sprays at the tips of branches. The tree grows into a pyramid shape with a narrow tip and wide bottom.


How to Plant and Care for Your American Arborvitae


We ship your Thuja occidentalis out as a bare-root plant. It will be dormant with no foliage but alive.  


Dig a large hole to accommodate the bare root without breaking any pieces. Insert the tree into the hole. Tap the earth around the base gently and water generously.


Provide at least an inch of water for the first three months. After that, you will only need to mulch around it to protect it from cold winter weather and shape it if needed. It's genuinely an easy-care tree.


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Thuja occidentalis is a beautiful evergreen--place your order with us today.


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How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

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