Thuja Occidentalis, also known as white cedar, is a coniferous tree belonging to the genre Thuja, of the family Cupressaceae, and is native to North America and Canada. It was imported to Europe at the time of Francis I of France and planted in the gardens of Fontainebleau as an ornamental plant.
Its name comes from the Greek θυία (thyía), which means cedar, due to the typical smell of its wood. In America, it is called “tree of life”.
Thuja Occidentalis is a coniferous tree with a pointy apex and its foliage is of an intense green. It is rustic, malleable to pruning, it loves deep, humid and drained soils. You can plant it alone, in group, as an hedge, but also in pot, if you wish to decorate terraces and balconies.
This tree grows rapidly, and can reach up to about 5-6 m in height an 1-2 m in width.
It can stand cold and can adapt both to sunny and mid-shade positions.