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Q.What Type Of Container For An Arborvitae?

Zone 80212 | jyacher added on April 6, 2020 | Answered

Just moved to Denver, Colorado and our place has a roof deck that requires privacy on one side. Was looking at arborvitae trees as a solution, and understand that they can be maintained in a container/planter. Was hoping for advice on appropriate size of containers to use. Many thanks.

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Answered on April 8, 2020

It depends, largely, on the cultivar. If you choose one on the larger end of the spectrum, then you could be looking at a 15 to 20 gallon container or even larger. Smaller specimens can be kept a little under that.

They don't really make the best container specimen, though. There are several other evergreens that will do better and have a less finicky nature. This article will offer alternatives:


This article will offer information on what the Arborvitae care requirements are: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/arborvitae/growing-arborvitae-trees.htm

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