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All About Arborvitae

Information About Arborvitae

Arborvitae (thuja) genus of coniferous trees in the Cupressaceae (cypress family). These are evergreen shrubs and trees that are commonly planted as a hedge or privacy screen. The foliage is soft to the touch, but stays green (or sometimes yellow) year round. Some species including the Green Giant arborvitae are extremely fast growers and can grow up to 60 feet high! The emerald green arborvitae is the most common and popular shrub grown due to its attractive appearance and size.

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These shrubs can grow in zones 3 to 8 in the United States. They are native to North America and Eastern Asia depending on the species. The word arborvitae is also latin for "tree of life". In some instances these are also referred to as cedars, although they are not in the cedar family. Arborvitae can grow anywhere from 10 inches to 60 feet tall! Used as both evergreen ornamental shrubs and also grown as trees. 

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