Thuja morgan

Thuja morgan

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Description: Thuja orientalis 'Morganii', commonly known as Morgan's Arborvitae or Oriental Arborvitae, is an evergreen conifer admired for its compact, rounded form and attractive foliage. This cultivar is particularly valued for its vibrant green color and tidy appearance, making it an excellent choice for ornamental plantings, borders, and containers.


  • Leaves: The leaves are scale-like, bright green, and arranged in flat sprays. They provide a lush, dense appearance year-round.
  • Seasonal Color: The foliage remains green throughout the year, occasionally developing a bronze tint in colder weather.

Form and Size:

  • Size: Typically grows 1-1.5 meters tall and wide, forming a compact, rounded shape.
  • Habit: Dense and rounded, making it suitable for various landscape uses, including small gardens and container plantings.

Growing Conditions:

  • Climate: Thrives in temperate climates and is suitable for various regions in Australia. It can tolerate light frosts and is adaptable to urban conditions.
  • Soil: Prefers well-draining, fertile soils but can adapt to a variety of soil types, including sandy and loamy soils. Avoid waterlogged conditions.
  • Sunlight: Best grown in full sun to partial shade to ensure robust growth and maintain foliage color.
  • Watering: Regular watering during the establishment phase is crucial. Once established, it benefits from consistent moisture but can tolerate some drought.


  • Ornamental Shrub: Highly valued as an ornamental shrub for its attractive foliage and compact form.
  • Borders and Edging: Ideal for creating low borders and edging due to its dense growth habit.
  • Specimen Plant: Suitable as a focal point in small gardens and landscapes.
  • Containers: Can be grown in containers, making it a versatile choice for patios and small spaces.


  • Pruning: Prune lightly to maintain shape and remove dead or diseased branches. Minimal pruning is required due to its naturally tidy form.
  • Fertilizing: Apply a balanced fertilizer in early spring to promote healthy growth and vibrant foliage color.
  • Pests and Diseases: Generally resistant to many pests and diseases. Monitor for common issues such as spider mites and fungal diseases. Maintain good air circulation to prevent fungal problems.


  • Hardiness: Hardy in USDA zones 6-9. In cooler regions of Australia, provide protection from severe frost to prevent damage to young shoots.

Companion Plants: Pair with other evergreen shrubs and perennials, such as boxwood and lavender, to create a harmonious and visually appealing garden display.

Thuja orientalis 'Morganii'

Common Name: Morgan's Arborvitae, Oriental Arborvitae

Botanical Name: Thuja orientalis 'Morganii'

Family: Cupressaceae

Origin: Native to Asia