Arborvitae Care

  1. Learn More About Arborvitae, the Tree of Life

    Nature Hills grows two different species of Arborvitae:

    1. Thuja occidentalis selections
    2. Thuja plicata selections

    Why Arborvitae? 

    Arborvitae are super-fast growing, make the perfect screening plant, and have plenty of surface area to absorb sound.  You have no better way to eliminate ugly views, block some wind, catch some snow, and give you the perfect green backdrop to design around. 

    Most upright forms of Arborvitae can grow two feet or so each year.  There are some globe selections that are rounded and some that have yellow colored foliage.  Today we are focusing on the upright forms that are many times used for hedging or screening plants. 

    The fine textured foliage is born in a flat plane, but the plants are soft and dense, and they make beautiful hedges. 

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  2. Planting Arborvitae

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    Planting arborvitaes is easy, as they generally require no aftercare to thrive, aside from occasional pruning. Once a suitable site is selected, the hole should be dug large enough for the root system to spread out. The roots should be only a few inches underneath the surface of the soil, as they require air to grow properly.   Once in place, the plant should be watered.  Planting arborvitaes should be done in an area of moist, alkaline soil for best results. This is not required, however, as arborvitaes will grow in dry or acidic soil as well.

    They can be planted just about anywhere that has full to partial sun. Hardy to zones three to eight, arborvitaes

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  3. Pruning Arborvitae

    Pruned Arborvitae

    Pruning arborvitae trees is an important part of the maintenance process. Many of the species of arborvitae trees will not need any pruning, as they will maintain a natural shape that is pleasing to the eye.  In these cases, pruning arborvitae should only be done in order to limit the height that the plant will reach. In other cases, pruning will allow the gardener to change the shape of the plant into a hedge, or a more ornamental shape.

    The first step to pruning arborvitae is to understand when and why to prune. If a tree is mature, many of the branches may not be as lively as they once were.  This may be from lack of sunlight or proper nutrients. When this happens, pruning the plant down

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  4. Transplanting Arborvitae

    Arborvitae Cuttings

    Transplanting arborvitae is a fairly straightforward process. It is very similar to the act of transplanting most other plants. Transplanting arborvitae should always be done in the autumn months. The first step is to dig around the plant and fairly deep. The underground root structure of an arborvitae shrub or tree can sometimes get pretty large, and it is important not to damage any roots if possible.

    Once the plant is up, remove much of the soil from around the roots. This can be done using water or lightly shaking the roots.

    Once the soil has been removed, select a new location for the plant.  Ensure that the new

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  5. Arborvitae Growth Rate

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    Arborvitae growth will appear in the early spring, and continue until well into autumn. The rate at which it grows will depend on the species that is in question. Globe arborvitae will grow at a pretty slow rate, while techny arborvitae can grow at a rate of four feet per year once the plant has matured. The arborvitae growth will appear mostly on branches and stems that had been cut back the previous year.

    Pruning an arborvitae plant in the winter will help to encourage more arborvitae growth in the comin

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