Arborvitae (thuja occidentalis) evergreen shrubs are also referred to as both eastern & western cedar. Dwarf cultivars have become very popular in home landscapes as foundation plants, along borders, in groupings and in containers. They are known for their resilience to serious pests, soft green foliage and easy care.
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Planting Tips & Care for Arborvitae evergreen shrubs:
Arborvitae (thuja) evergreen shrubs have similar needs & care as their taller arborvitae tree relatives.
Care and maintenance for Arborvitae evergreen shrubs is pretty basic, making them popular for many uses. Arborvitae evergreen shrubs are fairly drought tolerant once established and insect resistant.
Make sure to plant your Arborvitae shrub in soil that is well-prepared with a mix of top soil and/or manure with the native soil. Arborvitae shrubs do best in full or partial sun, and make certain to include a good evergreen compost or fertilizer toward the start of each developing season to energize root growth. Mulching is always a good idea to help hold moisture. If you want to prune your arborvitae evergreen shrubs, trimming should happen right off the bat in the spring before any new development begins to grow.
Arborvitae Shrub Frequently Asked Questions
Are Arborvitae shrubs fast growing?
Not all Arborvitae are fast growing. In fact, most Arborvitae shrubs are considered slow growing.
When is the best time to prune Arborvitae shrubs?
Most Arborvitae shrubs are low maintenance and keep a nice, tidy appearance. If you do need to do some light pruning, it is best to do it in late winter or early spring, before new growth emerges.
Are Arborvitae shrubs deer resistant?
Yes, Arborvitae trees and shrubs are considered deer resistant. Keep in mind that does not mean deer proof. If they are hungry enough there are few things they won’t try to nibble on.