Eastern White Cedar

Thuja occidentalis

Also called Eastern/American Arborvitae

  • Upright pyramidal with slightly arching branches
  • Light green foliage grows in flattened sprays
  • Colour fades to a duller bronze-green
  • Grows open with age, exposing inner branching
  • Low tolerance for salt spray


10-12 m

3-4 m

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Typically grown as a hedge, white cedar also can be used in groupings for windscreens or for naturalizing in consistently wet areas. Damage or stem breakage may occur in the winter from ice and snow accumulation. Protection (burlap wrap) from drying winter winds and road salt is recommended in an exposed location.

Additional Notes about Eastern White Cedar:

Native to Ontario and parts of North America. The eastern white cedar is native to Canada, from Manitoba east throughout the Great Lakes Region, into Quebec and the Maritime provinces. Isolated populations are found in the northeastern United States and as far south as North Carolina. The common name of arborvitae is Latin for "tree of life" and comes from early French settlers when they learned from the native Americans that they could use the tree’s foliage to treat scurvy.