Chinese Thuja

Thuja orientalis, commonly known as Oriental arborvitae or Chinese thuja, is a evergreen coniferous tree native to Eastern Asia, including China, Korea, and Japan. This tree is known for its elegant, pyramidal shape and attractive foliage.

The Appearance

A medium-sized evergreen conifer with a narrow, pyramidal shape and dark green, scale-like leaves. It can grow up to 60 feet tall.


The Produce

Thuja orientalis produces small, woody cones that contain seeds. It is annlso used in traditional Chinese medicine for its therapeutic properties.


The Flowers

Produces small, inconspicuous flowers in spring, followed by round, woody cones.


The Leaves

The scale-like leaves are aromatic when crushed and are typically green to dark green in colour.


The Bark

The bark is reddish-brown and fibrous, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in gardens, parks, and as windbreaks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and small mammals. The dense foliage offers excellent cover.


The Culture

Valued for its timber and often used in construction and furniture making. Also popular in ornamental landscaping for its attractive foliage.


Fun Facts

Chinese Thuja is highly prized for its fragrant wood, which is resistant to decay and often used in traditional Chinese medicine.

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