American Arborvitae, thuja occidentalis

American Arborvitae, thuja occidentalis
Item# DA-americanarborvitae
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Product Description

Inventory as of Feb. 1, 2018: 5000 Seeds

Seed Specifications: Purity - 100%; Projected Germination Rate - 91%; Where Harvested (location) - Ukraine

American Arborvitae, also known as the Eastern Arborvitae and White Cedar, is a dense, pyramidal evergreen tree that is native in moist sites in North America from Minnesota east. Main trunk often divides into several leaders. The branches with scale-like foliage are displayed in horizontal sprays. Fruit is a small (3/8") light brown cone. Native trees will get much larger than size listed above. Selected compact cultivars are usually planted in the landscape. Needs a moist rich soil, somewhat tolerant to wet soils. Will tolerate light shade but will be more open in growth habit. Can be sheared readily. The American Arborvitae can reach heights of 25+ feet and widths of 20+ feet. It makes a great privacy fence or hedge and is also a great shelterbelt tree. Can also be used for landscaping. It is cold hard to USDA zone 3.

Recommended Planting Instructions:

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water 24 hours. Stratification: Cold Stratify for 60 days. Germination: Sow seed 1/8" deep, press seed into soil, cover seed, keep moist. Other: Fall sowing in mulched seedbed is prefered to artificial stratification

From personal experience, seeds don't need to be stratified. Simply soak in water 24 hours, sow seeds about 1/8 deep, press seed into soil, cover seed, and keep moist. First seedlings will start to appear within 14 days, and germination can be sporadic for several months.