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Degroot's Spire White Cedar

Thuja occidentalis 'Degroot's Spire'

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Degroot's Spire White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis 'Degroot's Spire') at Moana Nursery

Degroot's Spire White Cedar

Degroot's Spire White Cedar

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Height:  9 feet

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Eastern Arborvitae, American Arborvitae

Description:

A pencil-thin spire-like evergreen accent for home landscape use, with a spiraling tendency of growth; a most unique specimen in the hands of inspired gardeners, hardy and adaptable; best with some sun, protect from drying winds

Ornamental Features

Degroot's Spire White Cedar has green foliage. The scale-like leaves remain green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Degroot's Spire White Cedar is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep. 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.

Degroot's Spire White Cedar is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Degroot's Spire White Cedar will grow to be about 9 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, 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 both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Articulation  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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