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Wareana White Cedar

Thuja occidentalis 'Wareana'

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Wareana White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis 'Wareana') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Wareana White Cedar

Wareana White Cedar

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Height:  10 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Eastern Arborvitae, American Arborvitae


An attractive and versatile evergreen, retains a bright green color all year long; very versatile, takes pruning well, makes a great hedge or specimen; eventually becomes a densely pyramidal low-branched tree; hardy and adaptable, resistant to windburn

Ornamental Features

Wareana White Cedar is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its distinctively pyramidal habit of growth. It has bluish-green evergreen foliage which emerges emerald green in spring. The scale-like sprays of foliage remain bluish-green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Wareana White Cedar is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Wareana White Cedar is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Wareana White Cedar will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Screening  Garden 
Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features