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Globe Western Arborvitae

Thuja plicata 'Globosa'

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Globe Western Arborvitae (Thuja plicata 'Globosa') at Meadows Farms Nurseries

Globe Western Arborvitae

Globe Western Arborvitae

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Height:  10 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Giant Arborvitae, Western Red Cedar

Description:

A neat and uniformly rounded evergreen garden shrub with attractive gray-green foliage which turns brown in fall, doesn't require pruning to maintain its form; a fine choice for the home garden for its shape, does best in more humid environments

Ornamental Features

Globe Western Arborvitae has attractive grayish green foliage. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and turn brown in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Globe Western Arborvitae is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Globe Western Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Globe Western Arborvitae will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
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