The dense canopy of arborvitae trees will provide cover for birds and mammals year round. Arborvitae trees also block wind from plants that may not be as strong.
Arborvitae trees grow best in moist soils with an alkaline pH level, but can generally withstand periods of extreme drought.
They are also adaptable to poor soils that are rocky, sterile, dry or wet. They can be planted anywhere that has full to partial sun, and require minimal aftercare.
Found in zones three to seven, arborvitae trees will not thrive in southern regions, and should be given afternoon shade in areas that have hotter summer months.
Arborvitae trees come in many different shapes. Some, like the American arborvitae, are wide, cone shaped.
Others, like the pyramidalis, are skinnier. The globe arborvitae is a rounded shrub that will only grow to a few feet off the ground.
Arborvitae trees can also be pruned into the shape of hedges, and make wonderful year round privacy screens, and wind blocks.