Thuja occidentalis ‘pendula’

November 2, 2010

Thuja occidentalis 'pendula' with peacock

Weeping Eastern White cedar. This tree is seldom used in the landscape however, it has some unusual qualities that merit another look. The picture reveals a 15 year old tree growing in almost fun sun on a very dry bank. The fall color change is occuring and the previous seasons growth turns yellow then orange and then brown and then falls off. After the foliage drops, the tree retains the current years foliage, so it is evergreen, but it will look less full and somewhat ‘boney’. The weeping habit adds interest. This plant can do well in full sun or mostly shade. It needs to be staked initially or it will ground cover. It is worth hunting for in the specialty woody plant or conifer nursery.

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