Eastern Arborvitae Coniferous
More than 120 named cultivars of northern white cedar have been named and used as ornamental trees and shrubs, where the name “arborvitae” is usually applied. This arborvitae is not native to Nebraska, but it can be grown around the state. In drier areas, it will require consistent watering.
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The tree's crown is narrowly conic to broadly pyramidal, with spreading, densely crowded branches. Cones may be produced by the trees as young as 6 years old, but seed production in large quantities begins when the trees are about 30 years old.
This tree has low value to most species but will be visited by songbirds, browsers, and small mammals.
The wood’s light weight and resistance to decay make it useful for a number of applications. The principal commercial uses are for rustic fencing and posts. However, cabin logs, lumber, poles, and shingles can also be created from the tree.
In the wild, the species flourishes in the company of black and red spruce, red maple, larch, and balsam fir. It can reach ages of 400 years! American Indians referred to this tree as Oo-soo-ha-tah, meaning, “feather leaf.”