> Arborvitae Trees
trees are evergreen trees or shrubs from the cypress family.
They are found primarily throughout eastern Canada and the northeastern
United States. Arborvitae trees have scale like leaves that
are soft to the touch, rather than prickly. Arborvitae trees
prefer colder climates to warmer ones.
trees are important to the ecosystem for many reasons. Its
leaves are one of the most popular evergreens eaten by deer
and other mammals during the winter. The dense canopy of arborvitae
trees will provide cover for birds and mammals year round.
Arborvitae trees also block wind from plants that may not
be as strong.
trees grow best in moist soils with an alkaline pH level,
but can generally withstand periods of extreme drought. They
are also adaptable to poor soils that are rocky, sterile,
dry or wet. They can be planted anywhere that has full to
partial sun, and require minimal aftercare. Found in zones
three to seven, arborvitae trees will not thrive in southern
regions, and should be given afternoon shade in areas that
have hotter summer months.
trees come in many different shapes. Some, like the American
arborvitae, are wide, cone shaped. Others, like the pyramidalis,
are skinnier. The globe arborvitae is a rounded shrub that
will only grow to a few feet off the ground. Arborvitae trees
can also be pruned into the shape of hedges, and make wonderful
year round privacy screens, and wind blocks.