Syn. Platycladus orientalis
Common name: Oriental arborvitae, Chinese thuja
Native to: Korea, Manchuria and Northern China
Conifer, evergreen shrub or tree, up to 1.8 m high and1.5 m wide, dense, globular to ovoid, with branchlets held vertically and nearly parallel in arrangement. Bark thin, red-brown, separating into papery scales. Leaves scale-like, bright green but may turn brownish in winter, nearly alike on both sides, those on a main axis glandular, ending in a free spreading point. Cones ovoid, 1.5-2.5 cm long, fleshy, blue before they mature, scales thick and hooked.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Sun to part shade
Foliage: Evergreen, conifer; scale-like leaves
Growth habit: Dense, globular to ovoid
Hardiness: Hardy and quite drought resistant
Height: Up to 2 metres
Spread: Up to 1.5 metres
Soil requirements: Prefers well-drained soils with some moisture.
Uses: Ornamental tree, providing slender solitary accent trees; can also be used as a hedge.