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Miller Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'Milleri'

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Miller Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Milleri') at Martin's Home and Garden

Miller Arborvitae

Miller Arborvitae

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Height:  4 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Eastern White Cedar

Description:

A mounded and spreading evergreen with a globular form that hugs the ground, scale-like foliage is held in distinctive vertical sprays; a curious garden shrub for background or as a filler, needs some protection from winter winds

Ornamental Features

Miller Arborvitae has emerald green foliage. The scale-like leaves remain emerald green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Miller Arborvitae is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded 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.

Miller Arborvitae is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Miller Arborvitae will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. 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
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features