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Platycladus orientalis

Description

Grows as a dense, conical to columnar tree/shrub.  Tends to open up as it ages.  Benefitted by good air circulation.  Its leaves will emit an odor when bruised.  This plant is tolerant of most conditions with the exception of wet, boggy sites.  

Healthy, well-maintained trees have few problems. Scout for bagworms and spider mites. Snow and ice weight can break branches in the winter.

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Aurea Nana'
    Dwarf, dense globular, yellow-green foliage to 10'
  • 'Baker'
    Dwarf, dense, conical plant, to 8'
  • 'Compacta'
    Compact pyramidal form
  • 'Conspicua'
    Yellow foliage, upright conical form
  • 'Filiformis Aurea'
    Yellow foliage, upright-oval with stringy yellow branchlets
  • 'Juniperoides'
    Rounded 3' with blue-gray needles
  • 'Westmont'
    Slow-growing 2' tall and wide, yellow-tipped green leaves
Tags:
#evergreen#songbirds#full sun#specimen#wildlife plant#yellow-green#needles#cones#cover plant#scales#tsc#playground#hedges#small mammals#buffer#children's garden#screening#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Aurea Nana'
    Dwarf, dense globular, yellow-green foliage to 10'
  • 'Baker'
    Dwarf, dense, conical plant, to 8'
  • 'Compacta'
    Compact pyramidal form
  • 'Conspicua'
    Yellow foliage, upright conical form
  • 'Filiformis Aurea'
    Yellow foliage, upright-oval with stringy yellow branchlets
  • 'Juniperoides'
    Rounded 3' with blue-gray needles
  • 'Westmont'
    Slow-growing 2' tall and wide, yellow-tipped green leaves
Tags:
#evergreen#songbirds#full sun#specimen#wildlife plant#yellow-green#needles#cones#cover plant#scales#tsc#playground#hedges#small mammals#buffer#children's garden#screening#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Platycladus
    Species:
    orientalis
    Family:
    Cupressaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China, Korea, Russiian Far East
    Play Value:
    Buffer
    Screening
    Textural
    Wildlife Cover/Habitat
    Dimensions:
    Height: 18 ft. 0 in. - 25 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Columnar
    Conical
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Blue
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Description:
    Seed is inside the cone
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Oval cones
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Triangular scale-like yellowish-green leaves start out as flattened sprays, becoming darker green with age. Bronzes in winter.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Red/Burgundy
    Surface/Attachment:
    Shredding
    Bark Description:
    Reddish-brown
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Pond
    Recreational Play Area
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Design Feature:
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds