Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3970

Shrub; Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Non-native: China & Manchuria
Documented growing wild in - NC -

Waif(s)

Look for it . It is commonly planted, especially in graveyards, and rarely persisting and spreading to pastures, fields, and roadsides, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Opposite

"FLOWER":
Flowers solitary, terminal

FRUIT:

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Gymnosperms (non-flowering plants): Conifers: Cupressales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Platycladus orientalis   FAMILY Cupressaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Platycladus orientalis   FAMILY Cupressaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Biota orientalis

SYNONYMOUS WITH Linnaeus
Thuja orientalis

 

COMMON NAME:
Oriental Arborvitae, Tree-of-life


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W.D. Brush / USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / US Forest Service    pnd_thor_001_lvp

        

image of Platycladus orientalis

JK Marlow    jkm170113_088

January    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

image of Platycladus orientalis

JK Marlow    jkm160213_018

February    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

image of Platycladus orientalis

JK Marlow    jkm160213_019

February    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

image of Platycladus orientalis

JK Marlow    jkm160213_020

February    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

image of Platycladus orientalis

JK Marlow    jkm160213_021

February    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

image of Platycladus orientalis

JK Marlow    jkm160222_047

February    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

Branchlets flattened in vertical planes [T. occidentalis's are horizontal], per Weakley's Flora.


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image of Platycladus orientalis

JK Marlow    jkm160426_140

April    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

Cones roundish, egg-shaped, 3/4" long, fleshy, bluish before opening, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.

image of Platycladus orientalis

JK Marlow    jkm160426_147

April    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

image of Platycladus orientalis

JK Marlow    jkm160527_018

May    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

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JK Marlow    jkm160811_021

August    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

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JK Marlow    jkm151105_050

November    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

Leaves of Platycladus & Thuja are obtuse; leaves of Chamaecyparis are acute, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Platycladus orientalis

JK Marlow    jkm151105_055

November    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

Each of the cone's six scales with a hornlike projection, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.