Thuja orientalis
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Thuja orientalis

Chinese arborvitae
Oriental arborvitae

  family cupressaceae 
  genus thuja 

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Genus  Thuja Species  orientalis Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Chinese arborvitae   Oriental arborvitae Family  CUPRESSACEAE Specimen number  S13956 Data source  Allergy p257;HtZn p175
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Depends on climate Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  3' - 30' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to light shade Water  Moist, well drained Optimal soil texture  Fertile Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 05a-08b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-02 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Thuja orientalis can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -20� Fahrenheit. Oriental arborvitae (also known as Chinese arborvitae) needs summer days with high heat. This plant does well in fertile soils. Full sun to light shade is best for growing this species. It usually does best in moist, well drained soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen  Light Hay fever season  Apr 01 - May 31 Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Although this plant is freely wind-pollinated, it shouldn't pose too much difficulty to the hay fever susceptible. Hay fever season usually extends from April to May.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Thuja orientalis is a cultivated ornamental.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Thuja orientalis is a woody perennial. Leaves: Oriental arborvitae (locally known in some parts as Chinese arborvitae) has needlelike leaves.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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