TREE: Thuja occidentalis (Arborvitae, Northern White Cedar)

Thuja occidentalis - foliage detail

Thuja occidentalis – foliage detail
Photo ©2014 Elaine Mills

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This native tree of northeastern and north central North America can be very long-lived; along the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment in Canada, specimens could be over 1,000 years old. The common name, which means “tree of life,” refers to the medicinal properties of the bark and foliage, which cured scurvy.

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