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Platycladus orientalis

Pronunciation: Plat-ih-klay-dus or-ee-en-tay-liss
Family: Cupressaceae
Synonym: Thuja orientalis
Common Name: Oriental arborvitae
Plant Type:
  • trees, shrubs
Height to: 18-25'
Width to: 10'
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • -10 to -20ºF ZONE 5
  • 0 to -10ºF ZONE 6
  • 10 to 0ºF ZONE 7
  • 20 to 10ºF ZONE 8
  • 30 to 20ºF ZONE 9
  • 40 to 30ºF ZONE 10
  • 50 to 40ºF ZONE 11
Sun Exposure:
  • part sun
  • full sun
Bloom Description: Evergreen no fall color can discolor in harsh winters
Pests and Diseases: Caterpillars, bark beetle, weevils, mites, and scale insects, butt rot, twig dieback, gray mold, mushroom root rot, needle blights
Propagation: Sow seed in late winter in containers in cold frame. Insert semi ripe cuttings in late summer
Notes for Identification: Platycladus orientalis an evergreen a large shrub or small tree dense, conical shape 18' to 25' tall, 10' wide slow growing medium texture platycladus orientalis bruised leaves emit odor branchlets arranged in a vertical pattern hard horn-like cones tends to keep green color in winter shredding gray-brown bark distinct groove of back of scales platycladus orientalis transplants well tolerant of most conditions, except does poorly in boggy sites best in full sun; tolerates light shade avoid planting where it will be exposed to harsh winter winds ph adaptable platycladus orientalis landscape use specimens hedges mass plantings screens plant info from:   university of connecticut
USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • 30 to 45 days ZONE 5
  • 45 to 60 days ZONE 6
  • 60 to 90 days ZONE 7
  • 90 to 120 days ZONE 8
  • 120 to 150 days ZONE 9
  • 150 to 180 days ZONE 10
  • 180 to 210 days ZONE 11
Seed photo: 0
Located in: Trees, Shrubs
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