Platycladus orientalis     
Oriental arborvitae   
Cupressaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: dense, conical or columnar tree
Seasonality: evergreen
old specimens of
Platycladus orientalis
Size: 18-25ft, spread 10ft
Leaves: scale-like, grouped in flat plates
Flowers: insignificant
Fruit: bluish cones, ovate, knobby, 6-8 segments
Stems/Trunks: dense foliage, trunk usually not visible
Range/Origin: unknown, probably China
Hardiness: to single digits or lower




leaf close-up
flat, plate-like leaf form (above)
and fruiting cones (below)
leaf close-up

aka Arborvitae

an old landscaping plant, not currently in much demand

does not do well in Tucson, at the limit of its range here

many different cultivars available, offering choices of foliage color, dwarf sizes, etc.

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