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Hedgerow of tightly planted cedar trees.

Cedar, White (American Arborvitae)

Northern White Cedar, American Arborvitae


Thuja occidentalis

Family: Cupressaceae

10-18" tall at sale, bare root


Native to Vermont

Sourced from New York


Popular privacy hedge

  • General Information

    Recommended Spacing (ft)

    10 - 12

    Mature Width (ft)

    10 - 15

    Mature Height (ft)

    30 - 50

    Annual Growth Rate (in)

    13 - 24

    Sun Preference

    Full Sun

    Soil Type

    Sandy loam, Loam, Clay

    Soil Moisture

    Well-drained, Moist

  • Description

    Many people choose Northern White Cedar, American Arborvitae for privacy screening because of its dense growth form, year-round greenery, and responsiveness to shaping. For a low-maintenance hedge, plant trees three feet apart. It is naturally a smaller (30-50′) evergreen tree of coastal bogs and swamps, where it grows in dense stands. It is extremely tolerant of shade and saturated soil, but it will grow faster in well-drained locations with full sun. Its fissured, fibrous bark, thick trunk, and broad base, make it strikingly beautiful. The wood is lightweight and rot-resistant. During harsh winters deer prefer it for both browse and shelter, and it provides important habitat for white-throated sparrows, kinglets, and a variety of warblers.

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