Arborvitae
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first aid for half dead arborvitae

Zone indiana | betty coy added on February 28, 2019 | Answered

potted half dead arborvitae can you re-pot and trim the dead off? can you do anything to help them? do not believe in the pitch and replace all the time

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on March 1, 2019

Arborvitae, along with many other commonly-grown conifers, generally don't produce fresh growth from "old" wood. So unfortunately, I would not expect the dead portions of the canopy that have no foliage to produce new shoots and leaves. The portions of the canopy that have foliage will continue to grow.
If you plant out this shrub you can place the dead area to the back.

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