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Blue Cone Arborvitae*

Thuja orientalis 'Blue Cone'

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Blue Cone Arborvitae (Thuja orientalis 'Blue Cone') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Blue Cone Arborvitae fruit

Blue Cone Arborvitae fruit

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6

Other Names:  Platycladus orientalis

Description:

An attractive small evergreen tree with soft blue-green foliage and an upright conical habit of growth, an excellent plant for form and color in the home landscape; very adaptable, protect from drying winter winds

Ornamental Features

Blue Cone Arborvitae has attractive bluish-green foliage. The scale-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain bluish-green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Blue Cone Arborvitae is a dense evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree. 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.

Blue Cone Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Hedges/Screening

Planting & Growing

Blue Cone Arborvitae will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. 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 70 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. 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. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Articulation  Screening 
Applications
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
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