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Woodward Globe ArborvitaeThuja occidentalis 'Woodwardii'

The Woodward globe arborvitae is a compact to medium-sized shrub that naturally maintains its broadly rounded shape. The fine-textured, lacy foliage is a rich green, turning shades of green and brown in winter. It’s a popular landscaping choice for an evergreen hedge or stand-alone shrub.

Hardiness Zones

The woodward globe arborvitae can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 3–7. View Map

Tree Type

This is an evergreen shrub, keeping its foliage year-round.

Mature Size

The Woodward globe arborvitae grows to a height of 4–10' and a spread of 8–15' at maturity.

Growth Speed Slow to Medium Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a slow to medium rate, with height increases of anywhere from less than 12" to 24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun is the ideal condition for this shrub, meaning it should get at least 6 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The Woodward globe arborvitae grows well in alkaline, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well-drained and soils.

Attributes

This shrub:
  • Features sprays of fine-textured, lacy foliage that are bright green above and pale green below, turning shades of green and brown in winter.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.
  • Releases a pleasing aroma when leaves are squeezed.
  • Works well as a hedge, specimen or foundation plant.

Wildlife Value

Arborvitae provides nesting sites and cover for birds and small animals. The flower buds, seeds and foliage are a food source for wildlife.

History/Lore

The name arborvitae, is a Latin form of the French, "l'arbre de vie," which means, "tree of life." Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist who assigned the Latin name to this species, picked up on other traits. The genus name, Thuja, is from a Greek word for perfume. Squeezing the evergreen leaves releases an aroma that is nothing less than nature's perfume. The specific name, occidentalis, means "west," the direction from Sweden where this tree was discovered.