Platycladus orientalis     
Oriental arborvitae   
Cupressaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.

HOME


Form: dense, conical or columnar tree
Seasonality: evergreen
Arborvitae
old specimens of
Platycladus orientalis
Size: 18-25ft, spread 10ft
Leaves: scale-like, grouped in flat plates
Flowers: insignificant
Fruit: bluish cones, ovate, knobby, 6-8 segments
Stems/Trunks: dense foliage, trunk usually not visible
Range/Origin: unknown, probably China
Hardiness: to single digits or lower

LANDSCAPE VALUE:

CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS:


NOTES:

leaf close-up
flat, plate-like leaf form (above)
and fruiting cones (below)
leaf close-up

aka Arborvitae

an old landscaping plant, not currently in much demand

does not do well in Tucson, at the limit of its range here

many different cultivars available, offering choices of foliage color, dwarf sizes, etc.


return to common name index  Master Gardener Home Page return to Botanical name index
browse by
common name
browse by
botanical name


This page was first created August 29, 2001 and last modified June 1, 2006.



Web page design and photographs by Toni Moore, Master Gardener
email to: tmoore1@flash.net

© 2004 - 2006 Arizona Board of Regents. All contents copyrighted. All rights reserved.