Black Cedar

Thuja occidentalis 'Nigra'

Also called Dark American Arborvitae

  • Upright, conical to pyramidal shape, with slightly arching branches
  • Dark green foliage grows in vertical sprays
  • A denser, darker cultivar than white cedar
  • Low tolerance of dry or drought conditions
  • Low tolerance for salt spray

ZONE:
3

HEIGHT:
5-10 m

SPREAD:
150-250 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:


Typically grown as a hedge, black cedars can also be used in groupings for windscreens. Generally, black cedars tend to remain fuller with darker winter foliage than its parent, the native white cedar. Damage or stem breakage may occur in the winter from ice and snow accumulation. Protection (burlap wrap) from drying winter winds is recommended in an exposed location.

Additional Notes about Black Cedar:


Deer find the soft evergreen foliage very attractive for winter food and will rapidly strip a plant.

Characteristics & Attributes


GROWTH RATE:
Medium
FOLIAGE COLOR:
Green (dark)
LANDSCAPE USES:
Hedge
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