Monday, September 8, 2014

'Boisbriand' Eastern Arborvitae: Featured Plant of The Day

Thuja occidentalis 'Boisbriand'
Eastern Arborvitae,  American Arborvitae,  Siberian Arborvitae,  
Northern White Cedar,  White Cedar

Type    Tree, woody plant
Hardy range    3A to 7B
Height    10' to 16' / 3.00m to 4.80m
Spread    5' to 10' / 1.60m to 3.00m
Growth rate    Slow
Form    Columnar and oval
Exposure    Partial shade or partial sun to full sun
Persistence    Evergreen

Bloom Color    Yellow
Bloom Time    Spring

This plant tolerates some drought, flooding and a little salt.
This plant will grow in dry to wet or submerged soil.
Suitable soil is well-drained/loamy, sandy or clay.
The pH preference is an acidic to alkaline (less than 6.8 to more than 7.7) soil.

Leaf Color    Green
Fall Color    No change in fall color

Landscape Uses
-    Screen
-    Specimen

Attributes and Features
-    Wetlands plant
-    Attracts birds
-    Inconspicuous blooms
-    Persistent fruit
-    Inconspicuous fruit

Culture Notes
Transplanting is moderately easy if plants are root-pruned and either balled and burlapped or potted.  White-Cedar likes high humidity and tolerates wet soils and some drought, but not salt exposure of any kind.  Many of the natural stands in the United States have been cut.  Some remain in isolated areas along rivers throughout the East.

Foliage reportedly remains greener than others in winter.

Maintain adequate mulch area

Be sure to clear all turf away from beneath the branches and mulch to the drip line (the edge of the branches), especially on young trees, to reduce competition with turf and weeds.  This will allow roots to become well established and keep plants healthier.  Locate the tree properly, taking into account the ultimate size, since the tree looks best if it is not pruned to control size.  The tree can enhance any landscape with its delightful spring flush of foliage.  It can be the centerpiece of your landscape if properly located.