Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Nigra Arborvitae Grows well in Allentown Pa.

Author: Bill Hirst

Like our farm, Highland Hill Farm, Allentown Pa. is located in an eara with lots of clay. We therefore like plants that grow well in clay. Arborvitae, in particular the Nigra Arborvitae is one of our favorites. Here is why. The hardiness zone for the Nigra Arborvitae is from zones 5 to 8. Its evergreen with rapid growth rates that in ideal conditions can be up to 1.5 feet per year. Site requirements for the Nigra Arborvitae is sun to partial shade, moist well drained soil but does well in clay, and needs protection from wind . Its texture is fine with its form conical being narrow to broadly pyramidal, reaching from 30 to 40' in height to 6 to 12 feet in width. The leaf is green graceful foliage. It keeps its foliage color in the winter but can tend to bronze alittle in the winter. The Nigra Arborvitae flowers/fruit are .5"" erect female cones. The Nigra Arborvitae has strong wood, casts dense shade, and has red bark when young. Arborvitae do not tolerate salt spray. These arborvitae should outlive even your children.

About the author: Bill Has been raising and selling trees for 45 years near Doylestown Pa. and has two web sites and


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