The American arborvitae has leaves that are bright green on the top, and a pale green on the bottom. If the winter is especially harsh, the foliage may turn a yellow brown.
The American arborvitae will grow to a mature height of twenty-five to forty feet, and have a mature spread of ten to fifteen feet.
This slow growing tree prefers full sun to partial shade, and can adapt to a variety of soil conditions. The American arborvitae prefers moist soils, but can withstand periods of extreme drought.
They make a good wind block and provide cover for all types of wildlife year round.
The American arborvitae is commonly used in foundation planting around homes and businesses in urban settings.
Once planted, an American arborvitae requires little maintenance, and is fairly drought resistant.
Fertilizer may be applied every few years or so to aid in faster growing. Pruning, if desired, should be done early in the growing season before new growth emerges.