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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Platycladus orientalis   FAMILY Cupressaceae   Go to FSUS key



SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Platycladus orientalis   FAMILY Cupressaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)

Platycladus orientalis

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America

Platycladus orientalis

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)

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

        

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JK Marlow    jkm170113_088

January    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

image of Platycladus orientalis, Oriental Arborvitae, Tree-of-life

JK Marlow    jkm160213_018

February    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

image of Platycladus orientalis, Oriental Arborvitae, Tree-of-life

JK Marlow    jkm160213_019

February    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

image of Platycladus orientalis, Oriental Arborvitae, Tree-of-life

JK Marlow    jkm160213_020

February    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

image of Platycladus orientalis, Oriental Arborvitae, Tree-of-life

JK Marlow    jkm160213_021

February    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

image of Platycladus orientalis, Oriental Arborvitae, Tree-of-life

JK Marlow    jkm160222_047

February    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

Branchlets flattened in vertical planes [T. occidentalis's are horizontal], per Weakley's Flora (2015).


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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 (Dirr, 1975+).

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JK Marlow    jkm160426_147

April    Greenville County    SC

In cultivation

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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, Oriental Arborvitae, Tree-of-life

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 (Dirr, 1975+).

 

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Platycladus orientalis   FAMILY Cupressaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Platycladus orientalis   FAMILY Cupressaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Platycladus orientalis

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Platycladus orientalis

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Biota orientalis

SYNONYMOUS WITH Linnaeus
Thuja orientalis

 

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3970

Shrub; Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Habitat: Commonly planted, especially in graveyards, and rarely persisting and spreading to pastures, fields, and roadsides, per Weakley's Flora

Non-native: Asia

Waif(s)

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Opposite

"FLOWER":

Flowers solitary, terminal

FRUIT:

 

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