Narrow and tall with twiggy branches, soft fibrous orange-brown bark, and flat foliage unlike that of any other conifer. Foliage and bark tea is high in vitamin C, helps fight infections. Twig decoction makes an antiviral antifungal skin wash. Valuable light fragrant wood, the standard for fence posts and log cabins in Maine.
Also called Arborvitae, which means ‘tree of life.’ Slow growing, lives up to 400 years.
Thrives in rich moist marshy neutral-to-alkaline soils. Good for screens and hedges. A favorite browse of deer. Pruning limbs and leaving them on the ground during a harsh winter helps sustain these animals and is a long-practiced tradition amongst native peoples caretaking the forests of Maine. Z2. Maine Grown. (9-18" bare-root transplants)
Evergreens tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, but prefer a pH between 5.5–6.5.Young conifers need ¾–1" of rain per week. Periodic deep waterings are far more beneficial than frequent sprinklings. No fertilization is necessary in the first year.
For more info:About Conifers.