arborvitae


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.
Related to arborvitae: Thuja occidentalis, Eastern arborvitae

arborvitae

(är'bərvī`tē) [Lat.,=tree of life], aromatic evergreen tree of the genus Thuja of the family Cupressaceae (cypresscypress,
common name for members of the Cupressaceae, a widely distributed family of coniferous shrubs and trees, several yielding valuable timber. The major genera are Juniperus (juniper), Thuja (arborvitae), and Cupressus (the true cypresses).
..... Click the link for more information.
 family), with scalelike leaves borne on flattened branchlets of a fanlike appearance and with very small cones. Some of the numerous cultivated varieties are dwarf forms. There are several species, two native to North America, the remainder native to Asia but sometimes cultivated in the United States. T. occidentalis, of E North America, called arborvitae, white cedar, or Northern white cedar, has many garden forms and is popular for hedges. The leaves were once used as a remedy for rheumatism, and their oil as a vermifuge. T. plicata of W North America, called giant arborvitae, red cedar, or Western red cedar, is much larger and considerably more important as lumber; it is primarily used for making shingles and shakes. The wood of both of these species is soft but quite resistant to decay, hence its popularity for fence posts. Arborvitaes are classified in the division PinophytaPinophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called gymnosperms. The gymnosperms, a group that includes the pine, have stems, roots and leaves, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
..... Click the link for more information.
, class Pinopsida, order Coniferales.

arborvitae

[¦ar·bər¦vīd·ē]
(botany)
Any of the ornamental trees, sometimes called the tree of life, in the genus Thuja of the order Pinales.
References in periodicals archive ?
9 seedlings of the Eastern arborvitae were planted on the stretch of Ahunbayev and Maldybayev streets on Feb 19.
The evergreens in the summer irrigated plot showed good vigor, suggesting that winter irrigation is detrimental to hemlock and arborvitae.
Young arborvitae, falsecypress, Leyland cypress, yew, and some junipers can be cut back into wood 1 or 2 years old that does not have living foliage on it.
Compound areas may also be equipped with 24-hour security and fire surveillance, and are usually landscaped with screening shrubbery such as arborvitae plantings.
ARBORVITAE Weekend Workshops include topics such as: Becoming Ancestresses of the Future: Honouring Women's Stewardship of the Earth.
"Here?" Father asked, when, having rounded a corner and then passed an iron fence alongside a row of arborvitae, they stopped in front of the next house; it was made of small gleaming bricks--red and olive-colored.
Edging the white stones of the raised deck, I break wild runners from the blistered grapes, revealing the arborvitae's delicate traceries of green.
At one end is a barn-turned rustic gift shop and greenhouse, at the other is an extensive outdoor area where you can find just about anything from arborvitae to zinnias.
It plans to plant vegetation such as arborvitae ions and golden leaf hedges on the roads of the third road.
But with some more precise estimates of the crash site from the lad - why don't these drones come with "little black boxes?" - I soon saw the flashing red lights about a third of the way up our 30-foot-high arborvitae.
'My evergreens, that I think are called arborvitae, are not nicely green anymore but are a sick-looking greenish-brown.
The tree is an 8' planted arborvitae and has been given in memory of a lost loved one.